Arsenal FC attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil won the hearts of many Kenyans online, when he gifted a young Nairobi boy with autographed Arsenal jerseys and a pair of football boots.
Last December, Homeboyz Radio sports journalist Eric Njiru took a picture of the young boy, Lawrence Misira, herding cattle on the roadside of Nairobi’s Kilimani area and tweeted it, tagging Mezut Ozil in the message.
In the picture, 9-year-old Lawrence had worn a T-shirt with Arsenal’s characteristic red and white colours, and on the clothe’s back, Mesut Ozil’s name and jersey number 10 had been written using a marker pen.
I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves @MesutOzil1088 so much(You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real @Arsenal shirt. pic.twitter.com/ojDbf1Loil
— Eric Njiru (@EricNjiiru) December 3, 2018
“I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves @MesutOzil1088 so much. (You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real @Arsenal shirt,” Mr Njiru tweeted on December 3, 2018.
The journalist’s tweet reached Ozil, who responded by sending Lawrence a package of goodies, including jerseys and football boots.
Due to logistical challenges, it took two months for Ozil’s merchandise to be shipped to Kenya.
The gifts were presented to Lawrence last weekend at his parents’ Naserian home in Kajiado County.
Ozil took to Twitter Monday to express his delight at fulfilling Lawrence’s dream.
The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. 🇰🇪❤ And look at Lawrence now – it's so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy🙏🏼😘 #SocialMediaPower 💪🏼 #HappyToAssist #Nairobi #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/nQWgc0cABt
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 11, 2019
“The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. And look at Lawrence now – it’s so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy #SocialMediaPower #HappyToAssist #Nairobi #M1Ö,” tweeted the German football star.
Mesut Ozil’s gesture won him the hearts of many Kenyan Twitter users, who took to the micro-blogging site to show their approval of the footballer’s act of kindness and humility.
The footballer’s name trended on Kenya’s Twitter space early Tuesday.
A Twitter user, whose name is Cymo Arsenal, said: “As an Arsenal fan, I am so happy. Mesut has a golden heart. Thank you a lot, Mesut.”
J N. Sheezy said: “I am not an Arsenal fan, but Mesut Ozil is a special player. I can only imagine how happy this little boy is.”