- Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 12:38
- Written by Cellcom Release
The Chief Executive Officer of Cellcom Telecommunications, Inc., Mr. Avishai Marziano, has announced that in continuation of its long standing support for the Liberian national football team, his company will charter a private jet to take the team to Nigeria for its away match with the Super Eagles. Cellcom is one of four GSM service providers in Liberia.
A release over the week end said Cellcom will also invest heavily in providing the support the team needs to be prepared and ensure a massive victory in Nigeria.
The announcement of this support to the National Team was made at a reception hosted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday in honor of the Liberian National Team’s recent victory over the Ghana Black Stars during the Presidential Friendly Cup match of September 11.
Making the announcement to the President and the team, the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Bility, said the offer from Cellcom to charter a plane to transport the National Team to and from the game in Nigeria was made to buttress a contribution of $75,000 made to the team by President Johnson-Sirleaf.
Cellcom Executives elaborated that the chartered flight will carry the team, officials, and several of Cellcom’s lucky customers who stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Nigeria.
Chief Corporate Communication Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, said that the trip to Nigeria would be raffled out to Cellcom’s subscribers in the coming days.
Weeks said: “We expect several of our customers who enter this raffle to emerge as lucky winners of an all-expense paid trip to go to Nigeria to support the National Team.”
When queried on why his company was willing to take up such a huge cost, Mr. Marziano said his company was willing to go the extra mile because Cellcom has always believed strongly in the National Team and therefore already invested heavily in the team for more than two years. “We are willing to do whatever it takes and invest whatever it cost to make sure our boys can go to Nigeria feeling well supported and come back with victory,” Marziano concluded.
In other developments, Cellcom says its relationship with the Liberia Football Association remains in place and that the Company will continue to support the National Team. Dr. Weeks said that Cellcom and its partners at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the LFA were already working on a stronger contract that will ensure that no loopholes would cause and infringement of Cellcom’s rights as sole sponsors of the National Team, or the National Leagues.