True to its brand promise of Opening
Your World, the world’s most international beer brand, Heineken, dazzled
Lagosians with an amazing stunt on the Falomo Bridge, Ikoyi, Lagos
when it brought the real UEFA Champions League Trophy on a tour few months
back. Unsuspecting onlookers were mesmerized by the grand spectacle on display
on the bridge. Continue…
In what appeared to have been very
carefully planned and deftly executed, the Heineken stunt involved a
motorcade which took off from the Eko Hotels and Suites and proceeded to Falomo
Bridge in Ikoyi. To add glamour and spice to the stunt, the motorcade
included Dutch football legend and Heineken Ambassador; Ruud Gullit accompanied
by Ex- Super Eagles superstars Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha
and Sunday Oliseh.
Onlookers were taken by surprise when
out of nowhere a carnival-like procession with people dressed up in the various
European club team jerseys emerged cheering, dancing and singing amidst the
blaring music and football commentary. With a helicopter hovering around the
bridge, in an instant a part of the bridge was locked down briefly and a
mini-pitch was set-up. Amidst deafening cheers Jay Jay Okocha
and Sunday Oliseh stepped onto the pitch and displayed sublime
football skills much to the amazement of onlookers.
The major highlight of
the stunt was the unveiling of the UEFA Champions League Trophy.
Similar to a victory tour of a championship winning team, two huge
double-decker buses with open roofs added to the excitement of the stunt.
With the UEFA Champions league theme song playing in the background, Dutch
Legend, Ruud Gullit emerged on top of one of the double-decker buses with the
UEFA Trophy. Onlookers were sent into wild frenzy when Gullit hoisted the UEFA
Trophy for all to see.
“I was on my way from work when
I noticed there was something unusual happening on the bridge” said another
onlooker, Ezekiel Chukwuma, “I decided to hang around to see what the fuss was
all about. I was amazed by the event
I witnessed. For me,
the most interesting part was when I saw the UEFA Trophy lifted by Ruud Gullit.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing this Trophy.”
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