mind http://cippico.com/wp/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The 18-carat gold trophy is being hosted in Kenya for the send time after its maiden trip in 2009.
The trophy, most coveted prize in the world of sports, will be in Kenya for three days before heading to Tanzania.
Speaking Wednesday during the ceremony at Coke Plaza in Upper Hill, Nairobi President Kenyatta said the Government is implementing strategies aimed at boosting the development of talent and sport in the country.
The strategies, he said, target educational institutions from early primary school.
“Soccer requires talent, stamina, discipline and teamwork. It also calls for inspiration, fraternal goodwill and ambition to win. It unites people in stirring moments of joy and celebration,” he said.
The President also announced the Government’s plans to support independent talent academies where dedicated skill development will be provided.
“We are committed to having Kenya take part in forthcoming editions of the World Cup tournament to an advanced level. Hosting the trophy in our country has intensified our desire to keep it here for longer than three (3) days in the near future,” added the President.
President Kenyatta said though Kenya has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup Finals, the country is an avid football-loving and playing nation.
“We also remain confident that through hard work, we should be able to join the league of the World-Cup-Finals winning nations,” he said.
“I expect that the forthcoming tournament will inspire our young people, footballers and football stakeholders to work harder so that, not too long in the future, we can realise this dream,” the President added.
He said the presence of the trophy in the country is a good omen in other ways considering that Kenya is hosting the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup begins today.
The President thanked the World Cup tour sponsors, Coca Cola for the tremendous corporate support extended to sports in the country.
He urged other corporate organisations to take advantage of the many opportunities to sponsor sports teams, programmes and tournaments in order to boost the Government’s sport development strategies.
The tour is Coca-Cola’s contribution to Kenya as part of the country’s 50th Jubilee celebrations.