Leading Telecommunications Services Provider, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Arsenal Football Club to bring four first-team players of the prestigious London Club to Lagos, Nigeria.
The players are expected in Lagos later this month and have been scheduled to take part in exclusive Airtel events and engage with supporters in Nigeria.
Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker and new signing Lukas Podolski will travel to Lagos with club officials for a flying visit the weekend after next. The players will take part in club events and other activities organised by Airtel.
The move follows the postponement of Arsenal’s game against Nigeria which was scheduled for Sunday, August 5.
Arsenal’s head of global partnerships Vinai Venkatesham said: “We were disappointed to have to postpone the game and intend to visit Nigeria next summer. However we are delighted to be bringing this group of players to Nigeria to take part in events with our regional partners. It will give us a chance to engage with local supporters and reinforce our commitment to the market.”
The players will take part in a busy schedule of events in Lagos.
The players will also be making appearances for mobile network operator Airtel.
Deepak Srivastava, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director for Airtel Nigeria, said: “Arsenal has a very large supporter base in Nigeria and Airtel is eager to connect these fans with some of their favourite football players.
“Indeed, Airtel is extremely committed to creating opportunities to excite and engage telecommunications consumers just as we are passionate about realizing our brand vision of being the most-loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians.”