The coveted FIFA World Cup trophy has arrived in Kenya for the long-awaited two-day tour. The trophy is on a world tour ahead of the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar in November and December.
The plane carrying the 18k gold trophy, considered to be the most expensive and significant of modern-day sport, landed few Minutes past 12:00 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Sport Amina Mohamed led government officials including Najib Balala, CS for Tourism and Industrialization and Betty Maina receiving the trophy at JKIA. Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu was also in attendance.
Because only an incumbent president or a member of a world-winning team was allowed to hold the trophy, it was kept in a glass case where government officials were allowed to pose for a photo next to it Airport.
Brazilian soccer legend Juliano Belleti accompanied the trophy.
Belleti, 45, is a World Cup-winning defender who is remembered for scoring Barcelona’s winning goal at the 2006 Uefa Champions League final.
Kenya have never been to a World Cup and the trophy comes at a time when the country’s football is in a shambles. Fifa has suspended Kenya for “third party interference”.
The trophy was transported by JKIA to the State House in Nairobi, where only President Uhuru Kenyatta will have a unique opportunity to lift the trophy.< /p >