Sunday, 22 September 2013

Tuface To Headline Airtel Rising Stars Africa Finale

Nigeria’s superstar artiste, 2Face Idibia, will light up the stage at the closing ceremony of the Airtel Rising Stars Africa championship at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

The high profile concert, to be held on Sunday, will bring the largest pan African youth football tournament to an end.

TuFace, who was one of the 8 African artistes that collaborated with America’s R Kelly on Airtel’s One 8 musical project, came into musical limelight with his mega hit track, African Queen.

He is seen as a role model amongst African youths, as he represents the new generation of Africans who are succeeding against all odds in their chosen careers.

Along with the winner and 1st runner up of last season’s Nigeria’s Got Talent, Amarachi and Godwin, Tuface Idibia will thrill thousands of football fans and guests at the closing ceremony of the Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship.

The tournament, which kicked off on Monday, is part of the Airtel Rising Stars programme, a soccer talent initiative that has focused on identifying and nurturing soccer talent.

Broadcasted by SuperSport and Canal Plus, the Airtel football competition provides the perfect platform to spot top soccer talents from the continent.

Over 500 aspiring footballers travelled to Lagos to participate in the Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship.

The countries that are participating are - Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Malawi, Ghana, Zambia, Gabon, DRC, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Uganda, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Segun Ogunsanya, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, said: "Airtel has signed broadcasting pacts with SuperSport and Canal Plus to ensure that young aspiring footballers get the Pan African media exposure they deserve. Fans across the continent have the opportunity to view the dazzling skills of these extremely talented players."

Mr. Ogunsaya confirmed that as part of its partnership with DSTV’s sports channel, SuperSport, the Boys and Girls final matches will be broadcasted live on Sunday September 22nd.

The best players of the tournament will participate in football clinics under the supervision of the best coaches of the Arsenal FC and Manchester United soccer schools.

The clinics will be held in April 2014 in Lagos (Nigeria) and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Arsenal legend Robert Pires is set to grace the finals of the Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship.

The former French international is remembered for the pivotal he played at Arsenal during the 2003/2004 English Premier League season.