BrandArena: Arsenal Unveils Airtel Rising Stars Top Talents

Saturday 4 August 2012

Arsenal Unveils Airtel Rising Stars Top Talents

Arsenal football club of England, Sunday, presented to the Nigerian public the five most outstanding youngsters discovered at the just concluded National Finals of the on-going Airtel Rising Stars Season 2 U-17 tournament for boys and girls.

Three senior Arsenal players on a partnership visit to Nigeria namely, Bacari Sagna, Per Merteserker and Lukas Podoski unveiled the youngsters at an exclusive Airtel event held at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suite, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The five youngsters are Gift Nevo (Best Goal keeper in the female category), Rafiat Aweda (Golden Boot winner and Most valuable Player, Female category), Ibrahim Benjamin (Best Goal Keeper, Male category), Yakubu Gambo, (Most Valuable Player, Male category) and Bilyaminu Sani (Golden Boot winner, Male Category).

Speaking during the fun-filled presentation ceremony, Olu Akanmu, Chief Marketing Officer of Airtel Nigeria reiterated the commitment of the leading telecoms operator to creating and providing Nigerian youngsters with ample opportunities to succeed in their professional careers and respective endeavours.

“This, indeed, is the best of times for grassroots football in Nigeria. It has always been our dream to create a future for our younger generation. Now, the prospect of this is looking more promising than ever with the ARS, and more so with our new team mates in Arsenal FC.

The partnership commits Arsenal to offering technical support to the Airtel Rising Stars pan-African football initiative of Airtel Africa in five countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda.

The five Nigerian youngsters will join other selected youngsters across the African continent for a residential Arsenal Coaching Clinic at the instance of Airtel Africa. During the International Coaching Clinic, Arsenal will provide UEFA-certified coaches to assist in providing technical supervision, mentorship, and general football skills development to the youngsters.

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