piresFormer Arsenal and France legendary midfielder Robert Pires has confirmed that he will visit Kenya in December courtesy of Barclays. Pires is expected in the country between the 4th and 6th of December in place of former Arsenal Captain Tony Adams who was scheduled to visit Kenya but took ill at the beginning of the month.

During his visit, Pires will be joining 100 lucky Barclays’ customers, winners in the in the ‘Switch to Better’ promotion, for an exclusive Barclays Premier League(BPL) Fanzone viewing experience. He will also spend time with four lucky winners and their families and kit them out in the original regalia of their favourite EPL team.

“The Barclays Premier League is without a doubt the biggest and the best league in world football. I am still an avid supporter and I cannot wait to join Barclays in Kenya to share these unique experiences with them,” said Pires.

In order to participate, entrants need to open a Barclays account and transfer their salary into this account each month. Furthermore, customers who register for online banking with Barclays will stand a chance of winning two tickets to a VIP Barclays Premier League Fan Zone with the football legend. More information can be found atwww.switchtobetter.barclays

“At Barclays we take pride in connecting our customers on the African continent through their shared passion for the beautiful game. Barclays is the only bank in Africa able to reward its customers with once in a lifetime experiences through our longstanding sponsorship of the Barclays Premier League. We cannot wait to welcome Robert Pires to Kenya to share in our passion for football and to experience our African hospitality,” said Zahid Mustafa, Director of Consumer Banking, Barclays Bank of Kenya.

Pires will also join Barclays Bank of Kenya in the launch of the Spaces for Sports Initiative, a Ksh. 47 million 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.

Barclays, a global supporter of football and sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, utilises the sponsorship to reward their customers by offering them once in a lifetime football experiences.

Pires’ maiden appearance in 2001 gave the Gunners another arsenal they could believe in. Pires’ six year career at Arsenal scored him two FA Cup titles and two Barclays Premier League Titles in 2001/2002 and 20013/2004 seasons. He made 284 appearances, putting 84 goals in the back of the net.

His tactical footwork and exquisite scoring made him one of the most revered Arsenal players of his time, alongside, Ashley Cole and Thierry Henry who together were nicknamed “The Invincibles”. Pires moved to Villarreal after Arsenal and retired in 2011 after briefly playing with Aston Villa. Despite being 42, Pires still played with FC Goa in India in the 2014/2015 season.

Customers have until Friday (November 20, 2015) to participate in the ‘Switch to Better’ promotion. In addition to offering customers the chance to meet Robert Pires, Barclays is offering new and existing clients the chance to win an exclusive Barclays Premier League experience for them and a partner to watch a Barclays Premier league game live in the United Kingdom.

– Barclays Bank of Kenya