TotalEnergies Kick-starts AFCON 2021 trophy tour with Nigeria
Brand ambassador and Super Eagles legend, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha and Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Sunday Dare; the Vice President, TotalEnergies Marketing & Services, Retail Marketing & Digital, Africa, Pierre-Alexandre Vigil and other executives of the company; Chairman Lagos State Commission and Executive Director, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku also graced the event.
The best 24 footballing nations in Africa including Nigeria and host country Cameroon will take part in the 2022 TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
The Managing Director, TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria PLC, Dr Samba Seye, in his remarks at the event explained the company’s commitment to the development of sports especially in Africa and why the company was starting the tour in Nigeria.
“This is why we decided to embark on a long-term 8-year partnership with Confederation of African Football (CAF) to further push our support to those who bring the passion of football to life. We want to be at the heart of this experience by connecting football lovers around the continent to the sports they love so dearly,” Dr Seye, represented by the Executive Director, Secretary General, Ms. Lesley Baxter, said.
The MD added that having won many international laurels in the game and with many elite Nigerian footballers playing in the world’s leading football leagues, Nigeria remains a very important member of the global football community.
“Therefore, we are kick-starting the trophy tour with Nigeria. This tour is displaying the actual 4.5million dollar golden trophy; the much-coveted trophy that will be presented to the TotalEnergies AFCON winner. The tour will see the trophy across the length and breadth of our country, including major cities like Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. This tour will be an opportunity to celebrate this monumental tournament and give our beloved Nigerians a feel of the tournament rush,” Dr Seye said.
Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Sunday Dare, commended the company for leading the way in sports sponsorship in Nigeria and giving his ministry hope that it can achieve its vision for sports in the country.
“For us in Nigeria, the AFCON is an important tournament. Football is in our DNA. We breathe; we sleep; we talk football all the time. We thank TotalEnergies for recognizing this…I thank you for your commitment to the African game,” Mr Dare said, expressing the belief that the Super Eagles of Nigeria wouldl bring home the trophy they last won in 2013. The Super Eagles have won the tournament three times, won silver four times and bronze eight times.
Activities to mark the tour included roadshows; trophy set up at service stations; opportunity to meet some legends of the national team, the Super Eagles; AFCON media banner for selfie opportunities and reward items to reinforce the TotalEnergies AFCON in the minds of the public in Nigeria.
Nigeria is one of 18 countries billed for a travel tour of the AFCON trophy.