Wednesday, December 15, 2010


BHARTI Airtel yesterday announced an exclusive partnership with Manchester United Football Club and signed a four year partnership agreement.

This is a first of its kind partnership signed between Bharti Airtel and Manchester United in the African continent.

Through the partnership Manchester United will support the Airtel Allstars search for young African football talent, while airtel customers in the country will have the opportunity to win tickets to watch the Red Devils play in Manchester, take part in coaching sessions and access exclusive Manchester United news and download highlights, ringtones and wallpapers through the airtel Live mobile portal.

Kelvin Twissa, Airtel Tanzania Marketing Manager said: “Football is the universal passion of Africa and there’s no bigger club in the world than Manchester United.

I’m tremendously excited about the opportunities for airtel customers to interact with the brand, win exclusive match tickets and signed shirts and have the chance to train with coaches from one of the leading academies in world football.

“Manchester United’s Old Trafford home is known as the Theatre of Dreams and that is exactly what we hope to fulfil: The dreams of thousands of airtel customers over the next four years. We’re also launching our ambitious airtel Allstars initiative, in association with Manchester United, to find and nurture African talent to make it right to the top of the professional game.”

Also speaking during the press briefing on the sponsorship, Airtel Tanzania Head of Corporate Communications, Beatrice Singano said, “As we are announcing today, we have two Tanzanians who have won fully paid tickets and will be travelling to Manchester to watch one of the biggest games between Manchester United and Liverpool FC on 9th January 2011. These are Omari Mohammed Mhina from Mtwara and Shabani Mohammed Mhina from Dar es Salaam.”

Announcing the deal, David Gill, chief executive officer, Manchester United said: "We’re delighted to announce a new four year partnership with Airtel in Tanzania, one of the most innovative mobile operators in Africa.

This deal gives Airtel exclusive rights as the official mobile communications partner of Manchester United in Tanzania with access to unique mobile phone content, including player interviews, goal replays and match reports.

He added: "This ground breaking partnership will bring the action of Manchester United direct to our millions of fans in Tanzania and we’re pleased to support Airtel in developing the rich pool of young football talent through the Airtel Allstars initiative."

Airtel will be featured on the club's website, which is the most visited sports website in the world. Airtel customers will also have regular opportunities to take part in competitions and prize draws to win all expenses paid trips to attend Manchester United matches.

Each year Airtel and Manchester United will run training sessions at the Manchester United Academy, one of the world's most prestigious football training centres.

There will be opportunity for customers to attend coaching sessions with Manchester United coaches in the region.

Andre Beyers, Bharti Airtel's chief marketing officer, said: “Sport can be a powerful vehicle for social change, bringing people together and instilling values of teamwork and personal standards. Mobile communications is also a facilitator of social change and economic development and we hope that our association with Manchester United will help drive us towards achieving those goals.”

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