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Day Raila was Denied a Chance to Hold World Cup Trophy (Video)

With a few months to the FIFA World Cup kick off, the trophy is on a tour across the world. 

Kenya is among countries that have always had a chance to host the trophy tour where football fans have a chance to view it. 

However, it is not secret that touching the trophy is impossible and it is reserved for a chosen few. 

Only only a sitting president or a member of a World Cup-winning squad allowed to hold the 18-carat gold-plated trophy. 

For instance, during the trophy tour in 2009, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga caused drama when he tried to touch it. 

During the tour at the Nyayo National Stadium, the then President Mwai Kibaki held the trophy and lifted it high in the air. 

As the departed former Head of State brought the trophy down, Raila who was standing beside him touched it for approximately three seconds. 

Raila’s move prompted a FIFA official in gloves hands to shove away the ODM boss’ hand away from the trophy. 

Elsewhere, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 competitions in Qatar, the trophy was on a two-day tour in Kenya starting Thursday, May 26. 

The trophy arrived in the country in the company of celebrated Brazilian player Juliano Belleti. 

45-year-old Belleti is a World Cup-winning defender famed for Barcelona’s winning goal at the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.

President Uhuru Kenyatta got a chance to hold the trophy in State House, Nairobi. 

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He was flanked by Sports CS Amina Mohamed, Najib Balala of Tourism and CS Betty Maina of Industrialisation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Brazilian legend Juliano Belleti PHOTO/COURTESY

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