December 8, 2013

UEFA Champions League: Heineken winners emerge in Enugu, Port Harcourt

The suspense and anxiety that enveloped Enugu and Port Harcourt before match Day five matches of the UEFA Champions League were finally subdued following the emergence of Ejike Emmanuel and Nonso Oguama as winners of the Heineken ‘Match Your Half Ticket’ promotion.

These latest winners join Adewale Ajadi as additional lucky consumers in the cities that will enjoy Heineken’s full sponsorship to watch the UEFA Champions League match in Europe when the knock out stage gets underway next February.

Since the announ-cement of the first winner early last month in Lagos, most consumers in Enugu and Port Harcourt have been on the edge in anticipation of who will be next winners. The expectation was even very high at the Bush House Arena in Enugu last week Tuesday where over 450 consumers participated in the transparent draw held at the interval of the matches.

While many Arsenal FC fans are celebrating the impressive season of the club in both domestic and in Europe, Mr. Ejike Emmanuel was the hero of the night, after his name came out of the pool. The winner, also an ardent Arsenal fan, in a short remark after the ceremony said he enjoys chilled Heineken as a form of relaxation and was very eager to participate in the Heineken promotions.

”I have never been committed to any of these promotions before now. But on this fateful night, while I was enjoying my Heineken, a brand ambassador walked up to me and asked if I wanted to be part of the promotion that will qualify me to watch a UEFA Cham-pions League match live in Europe. I saw this as a tall dream, after much persuasion from the elegant lady; I felt I had nothing to lose in participation. But tonight, everybody is congratulating me for this uncommon favour,” he remarked.

The next day in Port Harcourt, Oguma, also an Arsenal fan emerged from the pool of 600 participants at a draw ceremony held at Lesukaa Bar.

The ecstatic winner, knowing fully well that the last two winners will come up in Abuja and Lagos urged his friends and fellow Arsenal fans to be committed and participate in the ‘Heineken Match Your Half Ticket’ promotion and win.

”I am happy that I won tonight and would be delighted if any of my friends and fellow Arsenal faithful in Abuja and Lagos win the remaining two tickets so that it can be a memorable evening for as many Gunners’ fans to watch live game of our darling team together courtesy Heineken,” he said.

The senior brand manager Heineken, Jacqueline van Faassen, anticipating a nerve breaking moment in the final phase of the promotion explained that “ to be part of the last lap, consumers are advised go to any of the Heineken selected bars on UEFA Champions League match nights. The list of participating bars can be found via a bar finder app on the Heineken facebook page and on,” she explained.Heineken recently extended its sponsorship with UEFA for another three years until 2018 and will bring the priceless Trophy to Lagos March next year to millions of Nigerians.