Former Arsenal and French international midfielder Robert Pirès has confirmed he is to visit Kenya where he will be hosted by four lucky families in December, replacing his former club-mate and English international Tony Adams who has had to withdraw through illness.
Pirès who part of the Gunners’ famous ‘invincible’ squad which completed the Barclays Premier League 2003-04 season. His six year career at Arsenal saw him lift three FA Cup titles and two Premier League titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, scoring 84 goals in 284 appearances.
After Arsenal, he moved to Villarreal and retired in 2011 after brief stint with Aston Villa. Despite being 42, Pirgs was still turning out for FC Goa in India last season.
“The Barclays Premier League is without a doubt the biggest and the best league in world football.
“I’m still an avid supporter and I cannot wait to join Barclays in Kenya to share these unique experiences with them.”
His Kenyan visit will last for two days (December 4-6), during which he will join 100 lucky Barclays’ customer winners from the the ‘Switch to Better’ promotion for an exclusive Premier League Fan Zone viewing experience.
Pirès will also spend time with four lucky winners and their families who will also win an English Premier League football team kit of their choice.
In order to participate, entrants need to open a Barclays account and transfer their salary into this account each month.
Customers who register for online banking stand a chance of winning two tickets to a VIP Premier League Fan Zone with the Gunners’ legend.
“At Barclays we take pride in connecting our customers on the African continent through their shared passion for the beautiful game. We are the only bank in Africa able to reward its customers with once in a lifetime experiences through our longstanding sponsorship of the EPL”, Barclays Bank of Kenya Director of Consumer Banking, Zahid Mustafa said. “We cannot wait to welcome Robert Pirès to Kenya to share in our passion for football and to experience our African hospitality.”
Pirès will join Barclays Bank of Kenya in the launch of the Spaces for Sports Initiative, a Ksh. 47m partnership with the International Youth Foundation, envisioned to empower the next generation using their sporting talent.
The program, which will be implemented through Mathare Youth Sports Association will provide the youth with skills, confidence and the experience they need to secure social independence.
Customers have until November 20 to participate in the ‘Switch to Better’ promotion.