Akpoborie, Iroha to thrill fans at Heineken Planet


The UEFA Champions League 2012/13 season comes to a glorious denouement on Saturday, 25th May, 2013, at the Heineken Champions Planet with the final match of the competition.

Over a span of three months, visitors to the Heineken Champions Planet witnessed the proceeding of all the 44 matches in the knock out stage of the competition. This Saturday, the first ever all-German final in the Champions League will hold between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dormund. It will be a special night to remember given the series of activities lined up for the visitors attending the premium viewing experience at the upscale venue in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Senior Brand Manager Heineken, Jacqueline van Faassen, disclosed that the event is expected to bring together approximately 350 guests including celebrities from the entertainment world, and prominent former football stars namely; Jonathan Akpoborie, Ben Iroha, and Austin Eguavoen who have all confirmed their intention to grace the occasion. “Every participant since February has been looking forward to this grand moment. It is a great night and all the visitors for this occasion are guaranteed a spectacular night of fun and football that will have a lasting memory,” she remarked.

The five inventive Nigerian fans that embarked on an all-expense paid trip to the final match courtesy of Heineken® two days ago are also getting ready for the epic final match at the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium. They won the ‘Road to the Final’ activation in March, and though these five fans will miss it, other participants from the day, who will also be guests of the night, will get to watch the premier of the captivating and funny highlight reel from the event.

Reports from London yesterday indicate that the crew had a wonderful outing as they were treated to a welcome party with other special guests of Heineken International premium beer from all the 170 affiliated countries of the brand beer. “I am still relishing the experience of the great night we had yesterday with guests from other countries. In general, it has been a wonderful experience for me. I am anxious to get to the famous Wembley stadium to watch the final match,” remarked Diana Nwajiaku-Smart, the only lady among inventive five disclosed in a telephone conversation last night.

The Brand Manager Heineken, Kehinde Kadiri, who led the group also disclosed on the phone that a lot of activities have been lined up for the team including visits to tourist locations in London and interaction with great football personalities. They will have opportunities for close photos with them in the stadium before the final match.

However the excitement of the final match will not be limited to the five Nigerians in London. Many activities have been set up for all the guests visiting the Heineken Champions Planet. The event will be crowned with an ‘After Match Party’ to round up the whole ceremony.

Activities of the day will commence from 6:00 pm with guests advised to arrive early to enjoy the full lineup of activities scheduled for their amusement. Besides the varied entertainment, the staff will be dressed to match the ambience of the night. Guests are expected to arrive in the customary business casual attire.

As the season comes to an end, we give a final salute to the former international football legends that graced the Heineken Champions Planet like Christian Chukwu, Austin Eguavoen, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Daniel ‘The Bull’ Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, Mutiu Adepoju, Tijani Babangida, and Samson Siasia who were all guests on different match days. Their candid interviews during the halftime intervals brought insight and amusement to their numerous fans.



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