All Smiles as DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour wraps up in Africa
Manchester United’s Champ19ns Trophy Tour – delivered by DHL – has wrapped up its first-ever tour through Africa, with final stops in Kenya, Ghana and Senegal bringing smiles to many African Reds’ fans.
The 2011 Premier League Trophy continued its tour through Africa last week, stopping in Kenya, Ghana and Senegal to the delight of fans and DHL employees and customers. Like earlier calls in South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, Manchester United legend Quinton Fortune shepherded what is known as the “silverware,” accompanied on this leg by teammate and legendary United striker Andrew Cole.
The Reds have an estimated 33 million fans in Africa, and many of them came out to see their heroes and get an up-close-and-personal look at the coveted trophy, not to mention have their picture taken with it and the United legends. For Quinton and Andrew, there has certainly been no shortage of smiles along this leg of the 2012 DHL Champ19ns Tour.
In Nairobi, the legends took the silverware to see members of the World Hope Junior Football team from Kawangware. Though awestruck, the young footballers were thrilled at the opportunity to hang out with Quinton and Andrew.
DHL employees and customers also had their chance at an evening event put on by DHL Kenya. Quinton showed the guests that his ball handling skills were still sharp before talking about what it was like to play for the most popular club in the world and signing autographs and memorabilia.
Two days later Quinton and Andrew took the Premier League trophy to Ghana, where they visited the iconic Independence Square in Accra, which commemorates Ghana’s independence in 1957 – the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence.
Like in Kenya, DHL Ghana hosted an event for customers and employees. It was all smiles here as well, as the team clambered to take a group shot with the trophy. Guests had the opportunity to win Manchester United memorabilia and sign the trophy tour Ghana banner.
The final stop on the African leg of the 2012 DHL Champ19ns Trophy was Senegal, where Andrew Cole escorted the Premier League trophy to the Millennium Door Monument in Dakar, one of the city’s newest monuments constructed in 2000 to symbolize entry into the new millennium with “Mother Africa” perched atop the door watching over her children. Fans joined Andrew despite the hot sun for pictures and to sign the trophy tour Senegal banner.
DHL customers and employees were not left out of the fun in Senegal either. Andrew Cole was on hand in Dakar for an event presented by DHL Senegal, where guests enjoyed an evening program that featured the United legend as the guest of honor. Many went home smiling with autographed memorabilia, photos with Andrew and the Reds’ mascot, Fred the Red, and even more unforgettable memories.
The DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour is now making its way through Southeast Asia before heading to Europe on May 2. Go to http://www.dhlchampionstrophytour.com/ for the latest.