Blantyre-based Nyasa Big Bullets supporter Emma Tepani on Wednesday got a timely New Year gift after emerging the lucky winner of the ultimate K1.5 million grand prize in TNM Super League’s Zampira Promotion.
The Machinjiri resident, who won the jackpot after the final draw held in Blantyre, could not believe it when TNM officials called her to break the news.
“Are you sure I have won or this is just a trick? ”the retiree asked TNM officials.
She said she had been predicting Super League match results, but she never thought she could win the grand prize.
“I once won airtime but I never expected that I would win the grand prize,” said Tepani.
Speaking during the grand draw, TNM public relations and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato said Zampira Promotion created a platform through which TNM, as a long-term sponsor of the league, engaged soccer fans throughout the 2018 TNM Super League season.
“As a brand, we introduced Zampira Promotion as a continuation of our fan base engagement. For many years, TNM as Super League sponsors, has been rewarding the 12th player of the game, or the fan with cash and other prizes to appreciate fans’ contribution to the beautiful game. Our impeccable track record dates back to the Sapota Mapeto days, which transitioned to Zampira,” he said.
Nsapato said Zampira Promotion also acted as a forum through which TNM got feedback from fans to appreciate their knowledge and passion for local and international football.
“We are proud that through the promotion, local soccer fans continue to demonstrate great passion and knowledge of the domestic league,” he said,
Nsapato said the response to this year’s promotion exceeded TNM’s expectations with over 607 157 predictions registered during the season.
Of these, 52 815 were correct predictions representing an 8.6 percent prediction rate.
An additional 309 076 entries were registered in the daily question challenge.
During the grand draw, another fan whose number (0883786338) was not available during the draw, won the eighth and last motorbike.
TNM has been giving out the motorbikes valued at K1.5 million as a monthly prize.
“We look forward to another exciting Zampira Promotion in 2019. Soccer fans should look forward to many surprises and exciting moments with Zampira,” said Nsapato.
With the 2018 promotion occurring in a World Cup year, TNM incorporated a World Cup component which saw a soccer fan going to watch the games live in Russia.
The fan, Zondwayo Mgomezulu, watched France grab the cup after beating Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.