President Kenyatta admires the Trophy after receiving it in 2014 [Photo: Courtesy]

The FIFA World Cup trophy will arrive in Nairobi in February 26 as part of a tour sponsored by multinational beverage corporation, Coca-Cola. It will arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before proceeding to State House, as is the norm, to be welcomed into the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The tour kicked off in September 2017 in Russia and will visit other countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup slated for June 14 to July 15.

The trophy will then be paraded for public viewing at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) the following day, February 27.

The trophy will be in Kenya this time around for the third time after 2009 (before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa) and in 2014 when Brazil hosted the global showpiece.

The heavily guarded piece of silverware is only touched by Heads of State and previous winners and fans will only be allowed to view and take photos with it from a well covered podium.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy is awarded to the winners of  FIFA World Cup while remaining in the governing body’s possession.

Did you know that he trophy is made of solid gold and weighs 6.142 kg, created as a composition of two human figures holding the globe above them?

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