NAIROBI Nov 11 – Its finally here, the Fifa World Cup trophy is expected in the country on Thursday morning courtesy of giant soft drinks manufacturer Coca Cola.
President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be at hand to welcome the iconic trophy which is doing a unique tour of Africa ahead of next year’s world in South Africa.
The trophy will be on display at Nyayo national stadium on Saturday with fans getting a chance to see it and Coca Cola Senior Franchise manager Pamela Mutua says they are expecting huge numbers.
We are expecting upto 10,0000 fans but going by the interest we have created, we foresee even more people showing to see the trophy and as such we have put in security measures to ensure that it goes smoothly,” she said.
Mutua added that it will be a once in a lifetime experience.
“Once fans come in, they will move to a public domain area where they will be entertained. After that they will move to the perfect serve area where they will be served with an ice cold coke before moving to a 3-D room area for an eight minute special movie showcasing memorable moments of the FIFA World Cup, before going to the trophy room to take a picture which they will be given as they leave,” Mutua added.
Kenya is the fifth nation in East and Central Africa and the 36th African nation to host the trophy on its 70-day epic journey across Africa.
On December 3 the first leg of the tour draws to a close in Cape Town, South Africa, with the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals draw held the following day. The second part of the tour will see the trophy visit additional countries across the globe from January to April 2010.
This year’s trophy tour is the longest ever global tour, with FIFA and Coca-Cola taking the real solid-gold trophy to 86 countries during a 225-day journey which will allow thousands of fans to enjoy a rare close-up view of the trophy.
The trophy will travel 134,017 kilometres (83,274 miles) and visit every nation in Africa to give African fans the once-in-a-lifetime experience of having their picture taken with the trophy.
In 2006, the tour visited 31 cities in 29 countries, covering 102,570 kilometres (63,734 miles) with millions of fans around the world enjoying the chance to have a closer look at football’s most famous prize.