World Cup trophy lands in Nairobi

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos poses during the Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 12, 2013. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta was Monday due to receive the World Cup trophy at State House in Nairobi.

The six-kilogramme Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) trophy was expected to touch down at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9am (+3GMT) from Ethiopia, before being delivered to the president.

It will be the third time the 36 centimetre-tall silverware is making a landing in Nairobi following similar stops in 2010 and 2013, ahead of the World Cup tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

Valued at an estimated $10 million (Sh1bn), the glittering trophy is on an international tour to promote this year’s tournament, which begins in June in Russia, by which time it would have been in 51 countries and 91 cities.

Free tickets

It is made of solid gold and only heads of state are allowed to touch the treasure.

The public will be welcome to view the trophy at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Tuesday before leaving Kenya on Wednesday for Maputo, Mozambique.

US beverage maker Coca-Cola is giving free tickets to those willing to view the ultimate football prize.

“Tickets will be available at the pavilion sites in route cities and distributed through Coca-Cola local partners," Coca-Cola’s brand manager Rodney Nzioka said in a statement to the Nation on Saturday.

Customs clearance

"Fans will be able to see the trophy up close and have their photo taken with it on Tuesday, but they will not touch it.”

The trophy is the most recognised sports symbol in the world, and a former G4S brand manager told the Nation that $40,000 (Sh4m) was spent guarding it when it first landed in Kenya in February 2010.

The responsibility of guarding the silverware through customs clearance has been given to Willfreight Express Cargo Services.

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