FANS of footballer Safee Sali can start bidding on his “SEPULUH” NFT (non-fungible token) collection starting Wednesday, June 22, till July 11.
The Kuala Lumpur City player-coach — in collaboration with Prime Sports NFT, a sports NFT division under Prime Sports International — unveiled a series of 10 limited edition digital collectables that are available for auction via the digital NFT marketplace OpenSea.
The winning bidders will become exclusive owners of 10 NFTs that will unlock unique benefits such as an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the pitch with Safee himself, a framed print-out of the NFT and access to a private community channel for members.
Minted on the Ethereum blockchain, the NFTs were created by local artist Nicholas Chuan, who worked hand-in-hand with Safee to design the collection. Hailing from Penang, the 20-year-old artist’s portfolio includes illustrations for UEFA, Formula 1’s Red Bull Racing, Liverpool FC, and FC Bayern.
The inspiration behind “SEPULUH” stems from Safee’s recollection of his crowning achievement as he led Malaysia to its first-ever AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010 and went on to earn a golden boot as the top scorer of the competition that year. The NFTs depict Safee’s iconic celebration at the peak of his career, which remains one of his greatest feats on the international stage.
“My vision for ‘SEPULUH’ was to capture my fondest memory in the Harimau Malaya jersey via digital art and enable fans to own a piece of my story as a collectable. My fans have been the pillar of support throughout my career and the ‘SEPULUH’ NFT opens the doors to forging closer bonds with them,” said Safee.
The launch of “SEPULUH” NFT also marks the maiden project and brainchild of Prime Sports NFT, which aims to intersect the world of sports, arts, and culture. The organisation aims to nurture opportunities for athletes and spearhead fan engagement initiatives.
The collection also includes a partnership with the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia, where a portion of the proceeds will be donated and channeled towards promoting, advancing, and protecting the interest of professional footballers.
Prime Sports NFT founder Yong-Chul Yun said globally, digital assets are increasingly being rooted in the sporting world as means to fundamentally change how fans interact with their favourite teams and athletes.
“The launch of ‘SEPULUH’ NFT and the benefits it will unlock for its owners are a testament to that and we are excited to be enablers of this innovation. Our role in connecting Safee with a talented artist such as Nicholas (Chuan) has been truly rewarding and we are in the midst of working with more like-minded athletes, artists, and organisations in Malaysia.” — by TMR / pics source: Prime Sports International
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