The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Dutch Star Gullit and Nigeria Babayaro Arrive Here for UEFA Trophy Tour

DUTCH football star Ruud Gullit and former Nigerian international Celestine Babayaro jet into the country tomorrow for the Heineken Uefa Champions League trophy tour. Gullit, who won the competition with Milan twice in 1989 and 1990, is the Heineken ambassador for this years event. Babayaro played in the English Premier League for Chelsea and Newcastle and was a regular in the Super Eagles team making 26 appearances for the side between 1995 -2004. He won Olympics gold medal in the 1996 with the Nigerian national team.

Speaking over the weekend in Moshi, Heineken East Africa general manager, Kois Morshius said the two players are expected to arrive tomorrow for the media event slated on Friday. "Gullit and Babayaro are two big players who played for their clubs and the Kenyan footballing public will have an opportunity to mingle and socialise with them during the event," said Morshius

Morshius said the two players are excited to visit Kenya and see the first hand experience of Kenyans and their love for the European Champions league. He said Kenya's passion for European football was one of the reasons they chose the country to catch a glimpse of the trophy. "Kenyans love watching football and that's one of the reasons we chose the country over everyone else to view the trophy," he added.

The trophy arrived in Kenya last week and President Kibaki had a feel of it at his Harambee House office. The trophy was then flown to Moshi Tanzania, where journalists and other few individuals had their pictures taken with the trophy at a secret location. Dar-es-Salaam residents n had a feel of the trophy yesterday at a VIP event at the Hyatt Hotel. The trophy will be in Mombasa today for coast residents to catch a glimpse before arriving in Nairobi the following day for two high profile events.

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