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EPL trophy wraps Kenyan tour

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SONKO-EPLNAIROBI, Kenya, January 13- The Barclays Premier League trophy was paraded to enthusiasts of the English club top-flight competition in Nairobi during its one-day tour to the country.

Upon arrival on Sunday, the cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts Dr. Hassan Wario and British High Commissioner, Dr. Christian Turner unveiled the silverware at the envoy’s residence.

Communications firm, Airtel and champions Manchester United sponsored the tour that saw the fans interact with the coveted prize between 9am and 3pm at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.

The trophy is the last that United won under retired manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I’m glad to be part of today’s event. This is one good idea of promoting sports in the country. This will go a step further into motivating our youth to take part in sporting activities like soccer,” the Cabinet Secretary said.

“It’s a pleasant surprise to have the English Premier League Trophy and Queens Baton in the country at the same time. This shows the extent which we support sports in the country and passion for sports between the British and the Kenyan Government,” Turner added.

Members of the public were allowed to pose and get their photos taken next to the iconic trophy that has made numerous visits in recent years but unlike the past retired playing legends did not accompany the silverware.

The trophy tour sets the stage for this year’s Airtel Rising Stars Championships in association with United and Kenya Secondary School Sports Association.

Retired United stars, Andy Cole and Quinton Fortune accompanied the trophy during its last stop in Kenya.

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