By Niyi Tabiti
Finding my way to Eko Hotel yesterday morning was not difficult at all. The usual traffic bottlenecks was missing and I was just happy. I didn’t look up for more than once or twice as I was deeply engrossed in the newspaper that I was reading. It was fun going through a lot of empty promises made by some politicians.
As I walked into the reception I noticed a sport utility vehicle belonging to ex- Nigeria international soccer star, Austin Jay Jay Okocha. Okocha has always been a stylish man of note so his choice of automobile didn’t come as a surprise to me. The vehicle has a special plate number 10 (His favorite number as a player). Okocha’s beard is getting fuller and he seems to love it, at least if that would add to his style language and Nkechi is wife loves it, why not? Lol
Throughout his stay, he was accorded so much honour by the Guinness team and his former coach at Bolton Wanderers, Sam Allardyce. This is Sam’s first time visit to Nigeria and he confessed that it has been a warm reception. He lauded Okocha man as a gifted and humble player who did Bolton proud.
On stage as the compere of the star studded event was Daniel Amokachi. The flamboyant footballer rumoured to have bought a private jet in his hey days was looking like a model in his suit. He demonstrated that beyond football, he can also be a good MC.
TUNDE SAVAGE: The ebullient Chairman f Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Tunde Savage excitedly welcomed everyone present to the occasion. He noted that many of Nigeria’s passionate football fans are also passionate fans of Guinness.David Hainswoth, the managing director of Guinness Nigeria Plc also thanked all those who were present and he promised that the game would bring great excitement to football lovers across the country and beyond. You can read the complete text of what he said here
Chief Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, the president general of the Nigeria Football Federation supporter’s team was also on ground at the press conference. He said Nigerians would be waiting for top players from Argentina insisting that prolific soccer star, Messi should be present for the match.
The match has been slated for June 1 and it would hold at the Abuja Stadium. Aside Jay Jay Okocha, Daniel Amokachi and Kanu, other notable footballers at the event include Ogbonna, the younger brother of Kanu Nwankwo, Henry Nwosu,Bright Omokaro,ex- footballer and now Patrick Ikeji and several others.
It was a short ceremony, after which guests were treated to sumptuous meal prepared by Eko Hotel. I left the venue with the thought of the great challenge that awaits Nigeria’s super eagles as we play with the South American top team. In fact, i have watched the prodigy known as Lionel Messi and how he has been messing up great teams and club sides. Those who has been watching him play for Barcelona can say more. I took photos from the event and you can see it by clicking here or visit the news page of our official website gistmaster.com