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President Kenyatta receives FIFA World Cup trophy



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday at State House, Nairobi, received the 18-carat gold FIFA World Cup trophy which is on a two-day tour of Kenya ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The trophy was handed to the Head of State by legendary Brazilian footballer Juliano Belleti, a World Cup winning defender, who is accompanying it on the tour.

The trophy will be on display on Friday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) for public viewing and photo session.

The plane carrying the trophy, which is considered the most expensive and significant in modern-day sport, touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi a few minutes after 12pm.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed led the government officials who include her Tourism and Industrialisation counterparts Najib Balala and Betty Maina respectively in receiving the trophy at JKIA.

This is the third time the iconic silverware is returning to the country after previous visits in 2010 to much fanfare ahead of the first World Cup on an African soil, in South Africa and in 2018 before Russia hosted 32 of the world’s best football nations.

As one of the most recognised sports symbols in the world and a priceless icon, the original FIFA World Cup trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people, which includes former tournament winners and heads of state.

Kenya is one of nine African countries selected to receive and host the trophy as part of an exclusive tour ahead of the showpiece in Qatar in November this year.

The trophy will be in Kenya on May 26th and 27th before moving to South Africa where football fans will get to view it from May 28th to 30th. It will then return to Tanzania, where it will be on display between May 31st and June 1st.

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