Nigeria’s contingent to the pan-African Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) Soccer Championship holding in Nairobi, Kenya, have vowed to make their countrymen proud by bringing home the trophies for the male and female categories of the pan-African U17 youth tournament.
The winners of the Airtel Rising Stars national finals – the Jos male team and Port Harcourt female team are Nigeria’s representatives at the championship in Kenya. Both teams emerged favourites at a keenly contested national finals held last month at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos.
Speaking at a farewell ceremony organized for the teams by Airtel Nigeria, captain of the female team, Success Elendu assured Nigerians that Port Harcourt girls will rule Africa by emerging overall champions at the tourney billed to kick off August 20th.
“We are going to Kenya to win and by God’s grace we shall come home with the trophy. I want to assure you all that we have the quality, determination and the passion to win the trophy,” she said.
Echoing similar sentiments, Aminu Nuhu, Captain of the Male Team from Jos said the team was focused and committed to winning the tournament for Nigeria.
“We are going to Kenya with a singular ambition to win the trophy for Nigeria. We will do our very best to make sure we win the trophy.”
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Rajan Swaroop who received the ARS teams at Airtel’s Corporate Headquarter in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, charged the players to stand tall, reminding them that Nigeria is the giant of Africa.
“I was at the national finals at the Agege Stadium to watch you guys. You are all exceptionally talented. Believe in yourself and make Nigeria proud in Nairobi,” he said.
The Pan African ARS Championship will kick off Monday, August 20th through Saturday, August 25th, 2012.