FIFA World Cup trophy to land in Kenya Wednesday
26 November 2013, 12:35
Nairobi - The chartered plane
carrying the authentic, solid-gold FIFA
World Cup trophy will touch down in Nairobi, tomorrow, Wednesday as it
continues its globetrotting odyssey across nations courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company.
The iconic diadem
arrived in Africa almost a fortnight ago and has passed through Egypt, Algeria,
Morocco and Ghana before embarking on a journey from West to East Africa.
The trophy will
land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the wee hours of the
morning aboard a 40-passenger McDonnell Douglas (MD) 83 aircraft. It will be accompanied
by three flight attendants, officials from International Football Federation
(FIFA) and Coca-Cola among others.
Kenyatta, the only person in Kenya entitled to lay hands on the 18-carat gold
trophy, will receive the trophy on behalf of Kenyans later in the day.
The trophy will
spend two days in the capital before departing to neighboring Tanzania then to
the venue where it was won by Spain in 2010, South Africa. The tour is part of
Coca-Cola’s gift to Kenya as she celebrates its 50th year
This is the second
time Kenya is playing host to the trophy after its maiden trip in 2009.
Kenya is among 88
countries worldwide and 8 in Africa hosting the most coveted prize in the world
of sports. The tour started at the Christ is the Redeemer Statue in Rio de
Janiero, Brazil in September.
thousands of Kenyans who have been anxiously waiting for the trophy will get a
chance to get a close-up view of the iconic silverware at the Kenyatta
International Conference Center (KICC) on Thursday the 28th. The
public viewing event will start at 9am and run to late evening giving way to electric
performances by some of Kenya’s top artistes.