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Air Seychelles has shown support for St Michel United Football Club by sponsoring ten return tickets to an upcoming away game in an important league fixture in South Africa.

The reigning champions of the Seychelles League are set to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a return leg of a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League fixture on Saturday, 28 February.

Each of the St Michel players was presented with an Air Seychelles-branded jersey before their departure from Seychelles International Airport this morning.

Mr Papa said: “We are delighted to support St Michel United’s participation in Africa’s premier football competition. They are a winning team that reflect the spirit of Air Seychelles.

“Air Seychelles promotes healthy lifestyles and we see the benefits of supporting the development of sports and athletics, especially for our younger generation here in the Seychelles.

“As part of this philosophy, we previously worked with Etihad Airways to organise a series of very successful football clinics for aspiring junior players with football legend Patrick Vieira.

“The team at Air Seychelles wishes St Michel United the best of luck in proceeding through this preliminary round of the league; we will all be cheering for them,” Mr Papa said.

Andrew Jean-Louis, Manager of St Michel United FC, said: “I would like to thank Air Seychelles for its valuable support in assisting our club with travel arrangements.

“Our players are very encouraged by the show of support and we are proud that our kit for this fixture will be associated with the airline.

“We secured a 1-1 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns earlier in February and will be looking for a win in our upcoming match.”

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.