World Cup trophy set for Kenya stop
06 November 2013, 11:15
Nairobi - The FIFA World Cup trophy will make its stop in Kenya on Nov. 27 during its tour across 88 countries ahead of the 2014 edition in Brazil.
Although the East African nation has never qualified for the tournament, this will be the second occasion the trophy will be landing in Nairobi where it will be received by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Head of State will be the only person allowed to touch the iconic trophy with other fans viewing it up-close before it leaves for neighbouring Tanzania on Nov. 28.
The 148,000km trophy tour is sponsored by soft drink giants, Coca-Cola and the local division of the firm rolled out plans in place to receive the trophy currently held by Spain who won it in South Africa three years ago.
"We are proud to have been part of Kenya's history and the Trophy Tour is part of a series of activities that we shall be rolling out in celebrating the nation's Jubilee event," Rocky Findley, the country's manager said when the nation preparing to celebrate 50 years of independence on Dec 12.
The Trophy Tour which set off after a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil, will enter Africa on Nov. 14 through Egypt before making a 20-day tour across the continent.
It will visit Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa and then head back to Brazil on Dec. 6.
"Over the course of the tour stop, fans of the game will be able to experience several activities planned by Coca-Cola and FIFA," he added.
"Hundreds of fans will win free tickets through Coca-Cola promotions which will give them a chance to not only get up close with the trophy, but take a picture next to it during a public viewing session at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on Nov 28," he said.
The cup came to Kenya for the first time in 2009 and it is undertaking the 267-day journey on a 40-passenger McDonnell Douglas 83 aircraft.