Manager Marketing, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. James Adah (left) and Brand Manager Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Segun Ogunleye (5th left) celebrating with NTDIL team, winner of Pepsi Corporate Beach Soccer at Gidi Fest held at the Eko Atlantic Beach, Lagos last weekend.

Pepsi, a brand synonymous with football development in Nigeria provided an exciting variety to the Easter celebration as top Nigerian professionals from different walks of life displayed their football artistry at beach soccer tournament at the weekend.

The beach soccer match organised by Pepsi as part of the events for this year’s Gidi Fest at Eko Atlantic Beach, Lagos provided an ample opportunity for the corporate guys to show to soccer enthusiasts that beyond engineering, creative art, marketing or law they could also play good football.

The three-team beach soccer featured corporate executives from all walks of life such as Luciel Kancel, construction engineer, Emeka Okocha, creative industrialist, Teierry Mbimi, Partner KPMG amongst others.

The exciting beach soccer match saw NTDIL team beating Thursday Night Life 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the opening game.

The team which lost by 1-0 to Pepsi’s team in 2015 also went ahead to defeat Golden Stars 3-1 at the final on Saturday.

There were fascinating dribbles, penetrating passes and crunchy tackles to the admiration of the spectators who applauded and cheered ceaselessly.

Head of Marketing Seven Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Norden Thurston said Pepsi is pleased to partner Gidi Fest to provide fun and excitement to the youth during the holiday period through corporate beach soccer.

Represented by Mr. Segun Ogunleye, Brand Manager at Seven Up Bottling Company, Mr. Thurston implored the youth to seize the now moment and aspire to be the best in whatever field of human endeavour noting that Pepsi has been supportive of such aspirations.

“Pepsi has provided platforms for the Nigerian youth to reach the zenith of his chosen field be it football, entertainment or education among others,” said Thurston.

Mr. Emeka Okocha, captain of the winning team said he was excited with the improved performance of his team which lost to the Pepsi’s team at the final in 2015. He thanked Pepsi for creating fun through his team at the Gidi Fest.