As a partner of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Visa has also offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience to five children ranging from ages 6 to 10 years of age, accompanied by a parent or guardian, to participate in the Player Escort Programme and walk out onto the field before one of the Total AFCON2019 matches in Egypt with a professional football player.
Two of the winners, Tijani Ibrahim from Samfra primary School Ebute Metta and Osidele Elijah from Ansarudeen Primary School Ijebu Ode were selected from the Channels International Kids Cup. The three others were picked from a digital campaign dubbed “Unstoppable Stories” which invited Nigerians to share unique talents of children aged between 6 to 10 years.
Oluwakemi Okusanya, Country Manager and Vice President, Visa, West Africa said; “Our continent embodies the spirit of perseverance and determination. We are a highly resourceful continent that solves our challenges with a mixture of ingenuity and positivity. We are also blessed with a very youthful population and we at Visa want to highlight the passion and unstoppable spirit of our people. Through our Unstoppable Stories campaign, we have identified inspiring stories and talents told from the perspective of our youth,”
“Our sponsorship of Total AFCON2019 gives us a unique opportunity to be part of what is the third biggest tournament on the planet and we want to, through this campaign, put a spotlight on the excitement in Nigeria and Africa, and also through it, pay homage to the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian people.”
Visa will also host students from four public schools in Lagos to a financial literacy session as part of activities for Total AFCON2019.
Visa is the exclusive player escort program partners for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament. This program gives children aged between 6 to 10 years of age with the opportunity to accompany every team as they walk onto the football pitch before the start of every Total AFCON2019 match. Parents and guardians of the children will have the opportunity to watch from the stands and experience a truly unique perspective.