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Heineken explains decision to bring Puyol, Champions League trophy to Nigeria


Nigeria Breweries Marketing Director, Mr. Emmanuel Oriakhi has explained that the coming of the Spanish legend, Carles Puyol with the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy to Nigeria is a way of rewarding consumers of Heineken and fans of UEFA Champions League competition. He said Puyol’s visit would present the fans a unique opportunity not only to have a feel of the trophy but a wonderful photo opportunity with the strong defender, courtesy of Heineken.

According to Oriakhi, “Puyol is often ranked as one of the best center backs of all time and with an average height, he has won most aerial battles against towering footballers, either to defend or score crucial goals for his team. He is one of the legends of the number five jersey. 

“Such a player fits into what we want to achieve by bringing the world’s best into our country for Nigerians to have a chance to meet him for the first time and have photo opportunities with him and the iconic UEFA Champions League Trophy too.“We are excited to be creating premium experiences for our consumers and this is just part of the package we have in the ongoing season of unmissable moments.”

Puyol will arrive in Nigeria with the UEFA Champions League trophy next week.Puyol, a three-time winner of the trophy with FC Barcelona in 2006, 2009 and 2011, was unveiled last month in Lagos and thousands of football fans, especially those with affinity with the UEFA Champions League competition, are already looking to the three days of loaded activities in both Uyo and Lagos.

Although the UEFA Champions League trophy experience is in its third installment, this is the first time fans outside Lagos will have the opportunity to come very close to the iconic trophy because consumers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and surrounding cities will enjoy the viewing experience courtesy of Heineken.

The thrill in Uyo will see the former FC Barcelona captain involved in an “Unmissable” football match at the Uyo International Stadium, where he would play with the Shine Shine Bobo team which, would be made up of some of the brand’s most loyal consumers, as well as past and present football players like former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

Active footballers in the domestic football scene largely from Akwa United, a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, will also have the privilege to flex muscles with the former international football star when team Shine Shine Bobo led by former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and a host of other former national team players, take on the Chairman’s team at the Uyo International stadium on April 16. Kick off time is 5.00 p.m.

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