DHL, a leading international Express and Logistics Company and the official Logistics partner of Manchester United, brought legendary Manchester United’s former striker Quinton Fortune to Ethiopia for the first time.
Invited guests and the media met with the South African star at the Radisson Blu on Friday July 12th and had the opportunity to ask Fortune questions from his role as a footballer and what makes a team’s success to his childhood, his role as an activist for women’s’ rights and pose for photo opportunities and signed autographs and memorabilia. A traditional band played varieties of Ethiopian traditional music and had Fortune dance the Ethiopian traditional dancing Eskista.
According to Essete Gebriel, Country Manager for DHL Express Ethiopia, “Quinton Fortune’s visit to Ethiopia provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase DHL’s involvement with Manchester United to our key customers and staff locally.” Essete called the opportunity to meet Fortune and discuss the club’s popularity and success within Africa and globally “fantastic”. “The passion and fervor of United fans is famous around the world, Ethiopia is no different,” she added.
Earlier that morning Fortune visited SOS Children’s Village in Addis Ababa in support of the GoTeach program agreement which was signed between DHL and SOS on July 2nd 2013.
According to a statement from DHL, the program is expected to help promote the development of employability skills of Ethiopian youth.
The next morning Fortune had the opportunity to meet with Ethiopia’s running legend Haile Gebresellasie whom Fortune called was a “great man with a constant smile.”
“Fortune’s visit is a great opportunity for DHL to help raise the profile of football in Ethiopia – the country and the world’s most loved sport, and gives us a platform to reconnect with our customers and our community.”
Manchester United has 659 million supporters worldwide of which 173 million are in Africa and the Middle East alone.
Caption: Essete Gebriel (left) and Quinton Fortune briefing the media
Photos: Addis Standard