World Cup fever hits Nairobi as Russia party begins

Thursday June 14 2018

By DAVID KWALIMWA
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The 2018 Fifa World Cup bug has hit Nairobi, with a couple of hours before hosts Russia take to the pitch to face Saudi Arabia in the first of 64 matches of this football tournament.

On Thursday, a couple of entertainment joints within the city were spotted sprucing up in readiness for this month-long sporting event, considered the most popular in the world.

Popular joints within the Central Business District, for example, have led the way, by draping several flags affiliated to some of the 32 nations competing at the event.

Not even politicians have been left out.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale appeared for a TV interview on Thursday while donning the Brazil national team jersey, never mind the fact that he was discussing topical issues such as corruption and the 2018/2019 budget.

A couple of television presenters too, both male and female, were spotted donning various team jerseys.

A couple of vendors have also been selling replica jerseys for the national teams taking part in the event. Most of them however declined to be interviewed or pictured, leading to suggestions over the originally of the merchandise.

Brazil, France, defending champions Germany and Spain are some of the teams considered favourites to win this competition which is set to be broadcast live on NTV.

Africa meanwhile, is represented by Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia during the games which will be held in the cities of Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny, Novgorod, Rostov-on, Saint Petersburg, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavi and Yekaterinburg.