Twenty year old Joseph Akpo, an upcoming footballer of SIDAB Football Academy,Â Lagos, Nigeria says he benefitted the most from the trip to Old Trafford with theÂ third set of winners in the second season of the Recharge and Go to Old TraffordÂ promo.
The third set of seven winners including Adefeyisan Adeniyi, Onabadejo AdemolaÂ Ayinde ( a medical doctor), Oyelami Adesoye Fatai, Ayinla Issa Alaba, Ayodele HelenÂ Jumoke ( a student), Oghenejuvwetee Osivwi and Akpo went to watch the match betweenÂ Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs at the Theatre of Dreams, Manchester CityÂ in the United Kingdom last week.
According to Akpo, the trip was enlightening, eye opening and confidence-building.Â â€œBeing a footballer, I gained more than everybody who went on that trip with me.Â Itâ€™s what my fellow players in Nigeria dream about. I was able to traverse theÂ grounds that great players played upon, walked where they walked and sat where theyÂ sat.â€ According to Akpo, he met with Michael Owen and Nanny (Louise Almeida CarlosÂ da Cunha) who scored the two goals in the Spursâ€“United match.
â€œWhen I met Owen, I thought to myself that I am even taller than this greatÂ footballer, so if he could do it, then I could also be a great footballer.â€ He said.Â For Akpo and almost all the other Glo subscribers who were on that trip, it wasÂ their first trip outside the country. Jumoke Ayodele who just finished from theÂ University of Ibadan believes that Globacom had changed her life forever. â€œLevelsÂ have changedâ€ she exclaimed.
Relieving his experience, Adefeyisan Adeniyi Ademola, said he kept slapping himselfÂ to be sure he was not dreaming. â€œIt was the happiest moment of my life, we wereÂ entertained in the Europa Lodge which is a preserve of Millionaires (in pounds) andÂ everyone waited on us even though we were the only blacks in the place, I had toÂ keep slapping myself to be sure I was not sleepingâ€ Adefeyisan said.
The seven winners emerged after recharging with a minimum of N500 airtime. OtherÂ prizes include cash prizes of N250, 000 to be won by 4 winners daily and N500 freeÂ airtime for 1000 subscribers weekly. By the end of the second season, 127 winnersÂ would have won an all-expense-paid trip to Manchester.