- A child working as a herder in Nairobi wrote his favourite player's name on the back of his scruffy red T-shirt - 'Ozil 10'
- Erick Njiru, a sports journalist, tweeted a photo, asking social media users to share it widely to capture the attention of Mesut Ozil
- Ozil went on to gift the youngster with signed Arsenal shirts
Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil, has exhibited a touch of class after giving a teenage Kenyan herder gifts of signed jerseys and boots.
The gesture has now seen the dream of the young boy, identified as Lawrence Masira, come true.
Masira caught the attention of Ozil after a photo of him donning a a self-written jersey with the inscription 'Ozil 10' went viral on social media.
Sports journalist, Erick Njiru, photographed Masira last December as he was herding cows in the streets of Nairobi, sporting his version of the now-infamous kit.
Njiru went on to share the photo on Twitter, asking users to disseminate it widely with the hope of reaching Ozil.
“I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves Mesut Özil so much (You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real Arsenal shirt,” Njiru tweeted.
The tweet finally reached the German midfielder, whose team contacted Njiru.
In a tweet posted on Monday, March 11, Ozil admitted he was touched by the youngster's photo, adding he was delighted to now see him happy after receiving the merchandise.
“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,” Ozil said.
Whereas the gift hamper may have taken a little longer to arrive due to logistical issues, the young boy will remain gratified his wish had come true.
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