Airtel Rwanda yesterday got the opportunity to utilize Arsenal football clubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s merchandising, hospitality and content rights in Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda. This was after the African mobile network operator and the north London side signed a three-year partnership agreement at the offices of the Rwandan Football Federation (Ferwafa) in Remera.
Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) program is an annual, multi-country grassroots soccer initiative which offers young boys and girls in Rwanda the opportunity to play, compete and showcase their talents to scouts throughout the five countries and Africa as a whole.
Arsenal FC sent one of their top personalities and one of the AfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finest footballers, Lauren Mayer, to help launch the prestigious partnership. The former Cameroon international signed for Arsenal in 2000 and became a regular right back by the time the team won the Double in 2002. He was part of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“InvincibleÃ¢â‚¬Â side of 2004, winning the league 3 times in addition to 3 FA cups. Lauren also won the African Cup of Nations on two separate occasions with the Cameroon national football team. He now runs a coaching facility for young footballers in Spain, where he lives. Read more