The MTN 8 is the current name of South Africa's oldest football (soccer) cup competition. It is made up of the top eight teams that finished in that order at the close of the ABSA Premiership season. The first round is structured such that the team at the top of the previous season's table plays the team that finished eighth; second place plays seventh; third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth. The semifinals are played over two legs.
This competition pitting the top 8 clubs is one of the longest-standing knockout cup competitions in South Africa. The winner receives R8 million.
Since 2008, cellular giants MTN sponsor the event. It was previously known as BP Top 8 (sponsored by BP) and SAA Supa 8 (sponsored by South African Airways).
In making the tournament more exciting, the MTN 8 has changed the traditional prize money format by awarding the total prize pot – a lucrative R8 million, winner takes all prize, to the tournament winners.