Chief Operating Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Deepaqk Srivstava has explained the decision by the communications company to bring to Nigeria, four first team players of Arsenal Football Club of England next month.
Speaking with Sports Vanguard, Deepak said the move was to compensate thousands of Arsenal fans in Nigeria after the club canceled a pre-season tour earlier planned for the country.
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.
“We were disappointed to have to postpone the game and intend to visit Nigeria next summer,” an Deepak said.
The players will take part in a busy schedule of events in Lagos.
Deepak who is also the Executive Director of the company 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.”