HUGE CASH PRIZES UP FOR GRABS IN MTN SUPL FANS AWARDS
By Joel Mugabi
Leading telecom MTN Uganda, the number one supporter of football in Uganda and the official broadcasting partner of the SUPL league with Sanyuka TV, is set to reward the overall football personalities and fans of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) in the just concluded football season at the end of this month.
The awards, dubbed ‘MTN SUPL FANS AWARDS,’ follow the successful voting and monthly cash prizes that MTN has extended to club football players and coaches as voted by the SUPL fans from February 2021 until the end of the season in May this year. The most engaged fans online have also been beneficiaries in these monthly activations.
The SUPL 2020-21 season kicked off at a time when fan activity in the stadia was curtailed because of the difficulties with enforcing Covid19 SOPs. As such, football fans were only able to watch their favourite clubs on Sanyuka TV which has the broadcast rights for the local league.
Speaking about the upcoming MTN SUPL Fans Awards, Somdev Sen, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, noted that the advent of the pandemic denied football fans the excitement of being in the stadium to support their favorite teams in Uganda’s most popular sport.
“As MTN Uganda, we ensured that the game of football remained exciting for the fans through the various online engagements where the fans voted for their favorite players and coaches that we have been rewarding on a monthly basis. Next month, we shall be rewarding the overall season’s winners,” Somdev said, urging football fans to vote for their favorite personalities and team on the MTN Website sports.mtn.co.ug/fansawards and the Sanyuka Facebook page.
The award categories include: the MTN Fans Player of the season, the MTN Fans Coach of the Season and the MTN Fans Club of the Season. Up to three football fans with the highest number of online engagements will be also awarded.
Below is the full list of categories and nominees that fans can vote for ahead of the awards:
MTN Fans Player of the Season
Four players, each of whom emerged as player of the month (Feb – May 2021) during the season under the MTN-SUPL activation, are the nominees against whom Fans will vote for their best player.
Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC) – Fans Player of the month Feb
Steven Mukwala (URA FC) – Fans Player of the month March
Samuel Ssekamatte (Bright Stars FC) – Fans Player of the month April
Eric Kambale (Express FC) – Fans Player of the month May.
Prize for the winning Player of the Season: UGX. 10million
MTN Fans Coach of the Season
Four coaches of the month selected during the short-lived season of MTN-SUPL activation are the nominees from whom Fans will vote for their best coach.
Bossa Waswa (Express FC) – Fans Coach of the Month Feb
Sam Ssimbwa (URA FC) – Fans Coach of the Month March
Baker Mbowa (Bright Stars FC) – Fans Coach of the Month April
Douglas Bamweyana (Wakiso Giants) – Fans Coach of the Month May.
Prize for the winning player of the season: UGX. 10million
MTN Fans team of the Season
All SUPL teams in the season (except for those relegated) are eligible for this award. The fans will vote for their favorite team.
Bright Stars FC
The Saints FC
Prize for the winning club: UGX. 30million
MTN Fan of the Season
Amongst the monthly fans rewarded, three individuals with the highest online engagement overall in the period February-May 2021, will be identified and rewarded. No voting will be done for this award. The prizes include.
3rd Most active fan: 500,000/=
2nd Most active fan: 1,000,000/=
Overall most active fan: 1,500,000/=
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