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Tecno plants 100 smart pitches across African underserved communities

Smartphone brand TECNO, may have caught the sports bug following streams of accolades coming from its sponsorship of the ongoing African cup of nations in Cote D’Ivoire, and decided to extend the largesse with a promise to refurbish 100 football pitches across Africa with current facilities.

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Football Ace, Jay Jay Okocha recieving a charity trophy from TECNO General Manager Jack Guo, while Ghana football Legend, Asamoah Gyan claps

The promise came on the heels of a star-studded charity match on the second day of the opening ceremony, organized to celebrate its status as official sponsor of the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations. The game featured CAF General Secretary Véron Mosengo-Omba and famous football players, including Jay-Jay Okocha, El Hadji Diouf, Asamoah Gyan, Dennis Oliech, and Erick Otieno, who graced the field in a show of support for the sport and community development.

Before the kick-off, TECNO announced an ambitious philanthropic initiative to refurbish 100 community football pitches across Africa within the next five years. This initiative aims to foster youth engagement, promote healthy living, and ensure access to quality playing fields in underserved communities.

It also declared that for every goal scored in the match, an additional $10,000 would be donated to the cause. The pledge turned each goal into a cheer, not only for the players but for future generations who will benefit from the improved facilities. The match ended with TECNO donating $50,000 more to the project.

TECNO General Manager Jack Guo, who dropped the hint, said the gesture will illuminate countless dreams of millions of youths across the country.

He said: “As the Africa Cup progresses, this initiative serves as a reminder of the enduring spirit of community and the shared love for football that transcends borders. TECNO’s vision for refurbished pitches is more than an investment in sports infrastructure; it’s a commitment to nurturing the dreams and aspirations of Africa’s youth.

“With every goal scored and every pitch refurbished, the legacy of this initiative will resonate across communities. It inspires the next generation of football stars and enthusiasts with the TECNO brand spirit, Stop At Nothing”.

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Nigerian Football Legend, Jay Jay Okocha commends Tecno’s promise to refurbish 100 football pitches across African rural communities

Guo said that TECNO’s commitment extends beyond mere sponsorship; into a pledge to cultivate talent, passion, and unity through football.

Recall that Barely 24 hours to AFCON TECNO, rallied support for the Nigerian team, the Super Eagles urging football fans in Nigeria and across Africa to strongly support the Super Eagles of Nigeria, by watching their games, cheering them and sharing the AFCON 2023 experience using the hashtag TECNOxAFCON.

To get many people into the fanbase of the Super Eagles, the smartphone company announced a reward of mouth watering gifts, including play stations, branded footballs, 100 percent cashback on some high end products, among others.

TECNO also disclosed that customers and fans who participate in its “predict and win games” on different AFCON matches could earn rewards that include PlayStation five console, Airtime, cash prizes, branded football items and SPARK 20 devices.

A statement by the smartphone giant noted that offline customers, who purchase the SPARK 20 Series, CAMON 20 Series and PHANTOM Series, could win cashback in a lucky draw if the Nigerian team gets to the finals.

According to the statement, this is an opportunity for TECNO and PalmPay customers as well as users to earn big while enjoying the excitement of AFCON.

The statement reads: “In a thrilling start to the new year, TECNO is unleashing an exciting promo for its users and customers across Nigeria. This promo promises many fantastic prizes, including cashback, fabulous gifts, and the coveted SPARK 20 phones throughout January 2024.

“TECNO is offering its customers and fans an opportunity to win cashback, gifts, and SPARK 20 phones. The promotion will run throughout January 2024, and it promises to be one of the most thrilling promotions of the year. This promotion is in partnership with PalmPay, Nigeria’s leading fintech platform, to ensure customers have a seamless experience participating in the promotion. Customers stand a chance to win Cashbacks and other exciting prizes when they perform transactions on the PalmPay app during the bonanza.

“TECNO has several opportunities available for its customers to win big. Offline customers who purchase the SPARK 20 Series, CAMON 20 Series, and PHANTOM Series stand a chance to win cashback in a lucky draw if the Nigerian team makes it to the finals. If Nigeria’s team wins the trophy, 500 customers stand a chance to win cashback, 200 customers could win cashback if Nigeria emerges as the runner-up, and finally, 100 customers could win cashback if Nigeria emerges as the 3rd place winner.

“But that’s not all. TECNO is also offering cashback during Nigeria’s matches. Fans who purchase the SPARK 20 Series stand a chance to win different ranges of cashback – 100% during the three group matches Nigeria will play. There will be draws on January 14th, 18th & 22nd, including all purchases within the four-day interval of Nigeria games.

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Jah Jah Okocha, left, El Hadji Diouf centre, with other football enthusiasts, join Tecno Officials in celebrating Tecno’s philanthropy of refurbishing 100 football pitches across Africa

“For those who prefer online participation, TECNO has ‘predict and win games’ on different AFCON matches played during the tournament. Customers and fans who participate in the game stand a chance to win different rewards, such as PS 5 console, Airtime, cash prizes, branded football items, and SPARK 20 devices.

“TECNO is also engaging with fans during this period by telling them to share their AFCON experience using the hash tag TECNOxAFCON and stand a chance to win different gifts. Additionally, there will be trivia questions ranging from which country will win the AFCON, Highest Goal Scorer, Best Team, MVP of the Tournament, and many more

 

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