Uhuru receives World Cup trophy at State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, received the 18-carat gold FIFA World Cup trophy from legendary Brazilian footballer Juliano Belleti. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday received the 2022 World Cup trophy at State House, Nairobi. Retired Brazil right-back Juliano Belletti, 45, presented the trophy to the president ahead of public viewing at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on Friday, May 27. Belletti was part of the teams that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup and competed at the 2001 Copa América and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. At the club level, he played for Villarreal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Fluminense. After receiving the trophy, which will be in the country for two days, President Kenyatta said: “It is a moment of honour for Kenya as we receive the World Cup for the fourth time, and is an inspiration to our football fraternity.
“On behalf of the people of Kenya, it is an honour to be part of 51 countries [that have been chosen as the World Cup trophy destinations]. President Kenyatta posed for photos and videos while lifting the trophy. The Head of State becomes the first president in Kenya to preside over three public viewings of the trophy – in 2014, 2018 and 2022. The 2022 trophy was first exhibited in Dubai on May 12 and is expected to visit 51 countries and 91 cities across the world. “Former World Cup winners Iker Cassilas [of Spain] and Kaka [of Brazil] came together to send the original FIFA World Cup Trophy on its journey around the world ahead of the tournament later this year,” FIFA said in a statement on May 12. The 2022 World Cup tournament, which features 32 teams, will be held in Qatar.
In the next World Cup tournament (2026), 48 teams will participate in the contest. The World Cup trophy is made of 18-carat gold with bands of malachite on its base. The trophy was made by Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni company in Italy. Kabras Sugar will renew their rivalry with Menengai Oilers at Christie Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Series set for Saturday at the RFUEA ground in Nairobi.
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