Football builds bridges – and is the ice-breaker.
Mainz 05 with its first German-Nigerian Online Conference
Two weeks ago, Mainz 05 hosted a top-class digital conference with participants from Germany and Nigeria ago as a kick-off for a sustainable activation strategy. The club had already been conducting events in the African country before the COVID-19 pandemic and was now able to digitally restart its activities under the motto “Let’s talk about Mainz”.
Sunday Oliseh, former Bundesliga player and 1996 gold medal winner at the Olympic Games, remembered the many games he played against Mainz and knew about “the outstanding work of the Mainz 05 Youth Academy, which is known around the globe.” With Jonathan Akpoborie, another well-known Nigerian ex-player was able to give insight into the structure of youth football in his home country and told his story from being a young, unknown African talent to becoming a starting striker in multiple Bundesliga clubs. He added: “All of who made it to the Bundesliga are role models for the young players in our nation. Initiatives such as this one from Mainz 05 are thus very valuable and helpful for the young generation.” Niko Bungert, former captain of Mainz 05 was excited about the positive feedback, hoping that “our Mainz 05 coaches can be back in Nigeria very soon.”
“Football builds bridges and is the ice-breaker” said Dr. Stefan Traumann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, who was very pleased to hear about the intended activities of Mainz in Nigeria. Friederike Möschel, director at the Goethe-Institute in Lagos could not agree more: “Football is a fantastic trigger for intercultural cooperation.”
In addition, Katharina Felgenhauer, Delegate at the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria), reported about her experiences and insights regarding the economic cooperation between Germany and Nigeria and the respective effects of COVID-19. Everyone was also very excited about the participation of famous Nigerian historian and author Ed Emeka Keazor, who reminisced about some of the historic moments of Nigerian football.
Soon from now, more digital formats of the Zerofiver Football School as well as online trainings for Nigerian players and coaches will be available and we can’t wait to be back on site soon!