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Still the talk of the town: Nairobi ‘Championing The Match’ in Style

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Dj Mr Dru (l) and Host Fareed Khimani (r) share a moment with a pal
Dj Mr Dru (l) and Host Fareed Khimani (r) share a moment with a pal

For more than a dozen Nairobi-based journalists, last Tuesday night was a night to remember. The scribes and presenters got to experience the talk of the town, the UEFA Champions League in first class.

The bus on location

The bus on location

The talk on board the Heineken #ChampionTheMatch Tour-Bus was how Juventus was going to thrash Real Madrid, with little opposition from fans from the other side on the bus.

As the bus made its way to Parklands on the Nairobi evening traffic, the journalists and bloggers who had been picked from the CBD, enjoyed themselves with Heineken bottles as some lads took to charming the gorgeous brand models.

Part of the reason the fans were supporting Juventus from their usual Arsenal and Chelsea was because of Juventus being the underdog in this particular game. Everybody loves an underdog. The Italian Juventus football club was finally a step closer to their first Champions League final in over 10 years. Their last final was in 2003 when they lost 0-0 (3-2) to AC Milan on a penalty kick.

And their fans didn’t have to wait long.

Alvaro Morata, former Real Madrid player 2008-2014, opened the scoring for Juventus on the 8th Minute, setting the tone for the cheery night. However the feared Cristiano Ronaldo and a favourite for the small number of Real Madrid fans at Parklands’ K1 Sports Bar leveled the game for Real Madrid in the 27th minute. Tevez was then awarded a penalty on the 56th minute to give the home team, Juventus a 2-1 win. Their second leg of the semi-final will be played tonight 12 May.

It got tense at some point in the game

It got tense at some point in the game

And at times it was all about the celebration

And at times it was all about the celebration

Dude was having an Introvert moment in this cushy sitCome Wednesday, it was a Germany Vs Spain affair as Barcelona hosted Bayern Munich. The lads at the VIP section of the 1824 Whisky Bar felt only too lucky to be invited to champion their team from cushy sofas in true Heineken style.

Most of them from their places of work, they were dressed up in their office wear and were pleasantly surprised at the inviting green and white lounge set-up when they drove in. Being invited to cheer the match from the lounge was just an icing to the cake of a long day that they never saw coming. They were treated to Messi’s footwork in the second half as Barcelona gave Bayern Munich a 3-0 whooping.

Venue was set to welcome fans to #ChampionTheStyle in Heineken style

Venue was set to welcome fans to #ChampionTheStyle in Heineken style

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1824 Whisky Bar where the game was championed in Nairobi is the newest member of Nairobi’s premier clubs. It is hailed for pulling partygoers away from West of Nairobi, referred to as Westlands, to Langata road which is in the South of Nairobi.

It was a white affair for Mr. Uch, Heineken EA General Manager and Dj Protoge

It was a white affair for Mr. Uche, Heineken EA General Manager and Dj Protoge

Dj Makena on the decks

Dj Makena on the decks

Aren't they a sight for sore eyes

Aren’t they a sight for sore eyes

This week the second leg matches of the UCL 2015 semi-finals will determine which two teams will be playing at the finals on 6 June. Taking a cue from last week’s activities, pick up your bottles of Heineken and wherever you are, #ChampionTheMatch like a legend.

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Tuesday, 12 May: Real Madrid VS Juventus, 9:45 PM
Wednesday, 13 May: Bayern Munich VS Barcelona, 9:45 PM

By Kevin Oguoko

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