President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged youngsters to use the FIFA World Cup trophy tour experience as a challenge and help Kenya improve its football potential going forward.
Speaking at State House, Nairobi today afternoon when he received the Sh1 billion worth trophy, Kenyatta said that Kenya still has a chance of playing at the World Cup finals in future.
The world cup tour is making a world tour across 91 cities to popularise this year’s World Cup finals to be held in Qatar from June 14-July 15.
“I am truly delighted by this opportunity being the fourth time (that the trophy is here), and I hope this shall act as a motivation for upcoming players to want to participate in the World Cup,” Kenyatta said.
Thousands of football enthusiasts are expected to pour into the streets of Nairobi on Tuesday to have a glimpse and photo opportunity with the FIFA World Cup trophy.
The magnificent trophy is on a tour of the world lands today in the country with former 2002 Brazilian Belletti accompanying the trophy.
Only President Uhuru Kenyatta was allowed to touch the trophy aiming to cover 51 countries and some 91 cities, Kenya included, as a measure of promoting the 2022 World Cup Games.
Only the head of state or a former world cup winner can be allowed to touch the coveted trophy.
The world cup bonanza which is set to be played in the summer between June, 14 -July 15 in Qatar landed in Kenya mid-morning on Thursday accompanied by top Fifa officials.
Only ten countries in Africa will have the rare chance to see the trophy.
This is the fourth time the trophy is touring the country, the last time being in 2013.
The trophy’s next stop is Mozambique before heading to South Africa and later Uganda.
Tomorrow, football fans will have a chance to interact with the trophy through photo sessions at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).