It was just about 2 weeks ago when Standard Bank and Master Card hosted us for an evening of Turkish Dining & Delight to inform us of the great competition they have, and that competition is destination Istanbul in Turkey.

I would have gone straight to my laptop and wrote about what a great opportunity this is, but something in me said “wait for all the sports people to go crazy in their sports ways”. Yes I am soccer fan, I’m a sports fan, I played Rugby, Cricket and Soccer before I decided that there are other things I can explore.

Because this great competition by Standard Bank & Master Card has the excitement of the UEFA Champions League written all over it, I decided to take a bit of time and wait for a magical moment in the knockout phase of the Champions League, and that is why I am writing this.

On the evening of the 11th of March we witnessed one of most dominant football clubs in Europe, and defending champions of the Champions League get knocked out of the Champions League in one of the most spectacular fashions known in football.

I am talking about how Liverpool was making one of their famous come backs as they pushed Athletico Madrid to extra time, then taking a lead to send them to the next round, only to concede two quick goals to send their fans into a panic mode, then have the final nail easily pushed into the coffin by a player who left England because he missed too many goals, and he ironically was the one to score the last goal to knock an English team out of the Champions League.

So it is a guarantee that Istanbul will crown new UEFA Champions League champions, and that is where Standard Bank & Master Card come in. These two iconic brands are giving you and a partner, it can be a friend, a colleague, a bae, it can be anyone, a chance to go experience the magic of the UEFA Champions League Final live in Istanbul, Turkey.

Experience the magic of Istanbul. Spend up to R5000 on your Standard Bank Mastercard®Credit Card and you could win* UEFA @ChampionsLeague Final Istanbul 2020 tickets plus a VIP holiday, as well as boost your UCount points. Ts&Cs apply.

This is more than just about football, this is an opportunity to experience different world cultures and people, so good luck to all those taking their chance, I’m taking my chance!


Ntsiki Miya

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