Kenya may not be playing in this year’s World Cup but local fans will have an opportunity to interact with the coveted trophy when it arrives later this month.
The 2018 Fifa World Cup trophy tour by beverage company Coca-Cola will arrive in Nairobi on February 26.
This will be the third time that the most coveted trophy in football – made of solid gold and weighing 6.1kg, lands in the country. Kenyans also had a chance to view live the World Cup trophy in 2010 and 2014.
The trophy will first be taken to State House on February 26. According to the company’s senior brand manager, Rodney Nzioka, picking Kenya for the tour was proof of the pride they take in local fans.
“The World Cup normally brings the country to a virtual standstill due to football’s unifying power and we are excited to share with Kenyans the rare chance to view the Fifa World Cup trophy.
However, the trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people that includes former winners and heads of state.
In this regard, only President Uhuru Kenyatta will hold the trophy at State House in Nairobi once it lands in a Coca-Cola chartered and branded jet.
Countries being visited by World Cup Trophy
|Africa||Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda|
|Asia||Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan|
|Australia||Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands|
|Europe||Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom|
|North America||Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States|
|South America||Argentina, Colombia|
* Note that the tour may stop at a number of different cities in one country