Arsenal has entered into a partnership with MTN, one of Nigeria’s mobile telecommunications network operators.
The English Premier League side has a huge support in Nigeria, with the club’s largest website traffic outside the United Kingdom coming from the country. In addition to this, the club’s second highest number of digital members and the third largest Twitter following comes from the West African country.
The partnership means MTN will become Arsenal’s Official Mobile Telecommunications Network partner in Nigeria, which will see the telecoms company offering a number of exclusive Arsenal related benefits to the club’s large following in Nigeria as well as to MTN’s vast subscriber base.
The Telecoms giant will offer its customers access to a range of match and player exclusive content including match highlights, club news, interviews and club imagery.
Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “Arsenal has huge support in Nigeria, in part due to Nwankwo Kanu and the recent emergence of Alex Iwobi into the first team. This partnership with MTN will really help us engage with these passionate fans on a regular and personal basis.
“We are expecting MTN’s Arsenal exclusive content to be very popular among our supporters, as well as followers of football generally. This is our second regional partnership in Nigeria and fifth in Africa. It really underlines our commitment and the level of support we have on the continent.”
Richard Iweanoge, MTN’s General Manager, Consumer Marketing has described the partnership as the company’s way of connecting with the passion of Nigerians.
He said, “We are excited to announce our partnership with Arsenal and look forward to engaging with sports enthusiasts beyond the current traditional broadcast of matches. Not only this but also digitally with access to exclusive contents that will be delivered via our network. This partnership is a demonstration of our long-standing support of sports which fosters unity amongst Nigerians.
“This partnership will also contribute to sports talent development across the country and we look forward to welcoming Arsenal-trained coaches to Nigeria soon in this regard.”