Members of GUINNESS VIP™, Africa’s largest mobile social network by over a million users were treated to an exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with football icons- former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland Captain, Roy Keane and former Chelsea and French International, Marcel Desailly physically and on the mobile platform.
The GUINNESS VIP™ ‘An Evening With…”was introduced as the beginning in a series of many more exclusive type events scheduled through these intimate evenings with members of GuinnessVIP occurred on 19th and 20th September in Eko Hotels Lagos and Premier Hotel Ibadan respectively.
Both players were well received by the excited and expectant audience made up of GuinnessVIP members and were more than happy to share their on-field rivalry spanning over 35 years of playing experiences as professionals, spent at some of the top clubs in Europe and a multitude of titles and trophies.
The two football greats, who were full of admiration for each other also took the audience on a journey through the good, bad and tough side of the international football as well as life after their playing days
Keane , who has taken up a couple of coaching assignments with several top European clubs mentioned that he enjoys sharing his time with his family and assisting aspiring professional footballers, although coaching as a carrier takes a central part of his life. Desailly has in recent times been involved in charity and community development projects in Ghana his birth place.
Marcel Desailly later that night, got on the GuinnessVIP platform to engage with members through live chat question sessions.
At the Ibadan event on Tuesday night, the GuinnessVIP™ members were quite thrilled that Guinness would bring such regarded football personalities to GuinnessVIP™ members to witness, share and enjoy close moments with.
Roy Keane in an interview after the exclusive event said “Marcel and I certainly enjoyed being with our fans from GuinnessVIP and hope they share in our excitement of being here to spend time with them. This is my first visit to Nigeria and I have heard that this is a country where the football fans are just as passionate as the loyal fans I had for many years at Manchester United. I loved sharing my experience as a football player and stories of my time on the pitch with such an enthusiastic audience
Marcel added “I am thrilled to be here and part of such a vibrant community of football fans on GuinnessVIP™ , the energy is amazing and it is such a positive thing that Guinness is doing with all their consumers. I understand the passion Africa has for football and how the game unites and inspires us. I have been lucky enough to travel the world playing football and to meet people from many nations. But it is the support from the fans that really makes the difference for me as a player. They are truly inspiring!
Guinness® Marketing Manager, Adebola Adenike, in another interview related, “We understand the nation’s passion for football and are always looking for ways to provide the millions of football fans across the country with great football experiences. Through GUINNESS VIP™, our mobile social network, we give fans across Nigeria real VIP benefits and access to exclusive events and competitions as well as the chance to chat with friends and other passionate football fans and football greats like Victor Ikpeba and Jay Jay Okocha and more recently Marcel Desailly and Roy Keane. There is definitely much more to come and we are proud of the platform that bring such moments to fans in a way only Guinness® can.