Africa is now the latest fun spot for prestigious European football clubs as they strive to open new frontiers and partnerships.
English Premier League champions Manchester City, in conjunction with its lead sponsor Etihad Airways, are the latest entrants to the African market as the club hosted a coaching clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.
Hosted by Ivorian international and Man City defender Kolo Toure at the Fun Turf Lekki, the clinic was attended by about 50 students (kids between 11-16) from a secondary school in Victoria Island , a suburb of Lagos.
Assisted by three coaches from the club, Kolo gave the students advice and tips in a fun and entertaining session.
Etihad had earlier in the week launched its flight from Lagos to Abu Dhabi and their defender was quick to appreciate both ventures.
“It’s great to be in Lagos on behalf of Manchester City, not only to celebrate the launch of Etihad Airways’ new service to Abu Dhabi, but also to help develop local football in the region,” Kolo said.
“Nigeria is a country known for its passion and love of the game, which has produced many great footballers in the past. Hopefully, through the Etihad Airways Manchester City clinic, the coaches and I can help the kids learn new skills that will bring them one step closer to following their dreams,” he added.
Also, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said: “it was fantastic to see Kolo Toure, a football superstar, teaching the youngsters…and helping to launch our flights between Abu Dhabi and Lagos.”
On Monday, Etihad Airways launched its new service between Lagos and Abu Dhabi.
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