Vanguard (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Eagles' Victory Extra-Ordinary - Airtel Boss

Telecommunications operator, Airtel Nigeria has congratulated Nigerians and the Super Eagles for winning this year's edition of the African Cup of nations which ended last night in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Airtel described the Super Eagles victory as one of the greatest things to have happened to sports in Nigeria in the last two decades.

According Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Nigeria's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, "the Super Eagles have confirmed the well-known fact that with focus, dedication and leadership, Nigeria's huge potentials will sure arrest the attention of the world.

Ogunsanya described the victory as "extra-ordinarily sweet because the trophy was won by an indigenous coach who showed great confidence in local talent.

"At Airtel Nigeria, we are particularly delighted that this victory is an emphatic endorsement of our two-year old decision to make a difference with our Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) an initiative which was set up to discover and nurture young local football talents from different parts of the country", he said

The Airtel CEO stated further that "we know that Nigerians love football. We know that when we support football, we are closer to realizing our wish of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians. So, we rejoice with Nigerians and congratulate the players and the coaching crew for making Nigerians and Nigeria proud".

"On our part, we are looking forward to the day some of the products of our Airtel Rising Stars will play in the national teams and win laurels for the country and even win honours in the international football leagues. So, we remain relentless in our commitment to making ARS bigger and better", he concluded.

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