Fifa World Cup trophy lands in Kenya for the third time

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Kenya is among the ten African countries where local fans will have an opportunity to interact with the coveted trophy

The six-kilogramme FIFA World Cup trophy has arrived in the country from Ethiopia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta received the World Cup trophy in a colorful ceremony held at State House, Nairobi, in readiness for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Speaking at the function, President Kenyatta was clear that the Kenyan government is committed to support local talent saying the country should not give up hope of playing in the World Cup.

The President was grateful to Fifa was for the opportunity and called for more partnerships to nurture talent in all Counties.

Earlier on Monday, it was song, dance, joy and honor at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as Fifa delegation arrived to a warm reception for the Fifa World cup trophy tour.

The world prestigious soccer trophy is made of 18 karat pure Gold with malachite base, and stands 36.8 centimeters high and weighs 6.1 kilograms.

This is the third time the Sh1billion gold trophy is landing in Kenya. The 36-centimetre tall trophy made a similar stop in 2010 ahead of the World Cup tournaments in South Africa and in 2013 before the games in Brazil.

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The trophy is on an international tour to promote this year’s tournament, which begins in June in Russia.

The coveted trophy will move to 51 countries and 91 cities by the time the games start. Kenyans will view the trophy on Tuesday at KICC before its departure to Mozambique.

The trophy, however, is only touched by heads of state and Kenyans can only be allowed to take a close photo, without touching the trophy. Kenya is among the 10 African countries where local fans will have an opportunity to interact with the coveted trophy.

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