Destination Nigeria unveils world’s largest football jersey

Posted: January 25, 2013 in general
fans signing on the football jersey unveiled by guinness nigeria at the teslim balogun stadium, surulere, lagos, monday

fans signing on the football jersey unveiled by guinness nigeria at the teslim balogun stadium, surulere, lagos, monday

Destination Nigeria has set a new world record as it Monday unveiled the largest football jersey in the world at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos before a mammoth crowd of football fans, reputable vetting firms and top public functionaries.

Largely facilitated by alcoholic beverage firm in Nigeria, Guinness, also the official sponsors of the country’s national football team, the Super Eagles, and makers of the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, the public presentation of the football jersey at the stadium also presented opportunities for public signings on the by the crowd of football fans.

The unveiling event was also witnessed by top functionaries of the Lagos State Government including Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola SAN and the commissioner for sports, Enitan Oshodi.

The jersey was measured by the quantity surveying firm, Billings Cost Associates and vetted by the renowned audit firm, Alexander Forbes with the results presented to Guinness Managing Director, Mr. Seni Adetu.

The record breaking size of the jersey was confirmed at 249.9 ft by 275.58 ft setting a new world record over the last one set at 234ft 1in by 259ft 8in at Istanbul, in Turkey back in 2009.

The Lagos State governor represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Youth and Social Development, Dr. Abiola Awonuga, while expressing appreciation to the company for its support of the national team also commended its innovativeness in putting Nigeria on the world map in a positive way.

“I am very proud that Lagos State has been given the rare honour of hosting the record breaking jersey and we especially commend Guinness for taking the initiative to support the Super Eagles and the ever resolute Nigerian fans in the hope of bringing back the cup” Awonuga said.

Remarking, while unveiling the jersey, Marketing and Innovation Director Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Austin Ufomba said his firm remains proud to be associated with the success.

“We are extremely glad to be at the centre of this remarkable feat, putting Nigeria on the global map and rallying the support of millions of Nigerian fans for our dear national team.”

Ufomba further said “we know Nigerians share a common passion for the Super Eagles and we believe that creating a platform such as this will help further encourage them to fly the nation’s flag high at the tournament and make all of us proud”.

Also commenting on the initiative of the largest football jersey by Guinness, Head, Marketing Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Deji Tinubu said aside drawing attention to thew country and the team, there remains no better way to show support for the Super Eagles than rallying round them particularly this time.

In his remark, the Marketing Manager, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Mr. Obinna Anyalebechi thereafter urged football fans to rally round the Super Eagles by writing their goodwill messages on the largest jersey.

“We want to encourage all Super Eagles fans and lovers of football to come out en-masse and put their signatures on the jersey. This is history in the making and a rare chance to send personal goodwill messages to the team in South Africa” Anyalebechi stressed.

The Jersey which went on display from last Monday, January 21 will be folded by Friday, January 25  at the Main Bowl of the Teslim Balogun stadium, just as fans and tourists alike from across the state are expected to turn out en-masse to witness the impressive spectacle and inscribe their goodwill messages on the record breaking football jersey.

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