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Raila picks team he will be supporting at the World Cup, excites residents

Charles Ronald
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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga receiving a jersey from Nation Media Group chief executive Stephen Gitagama. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga on Monday mentioned the team he will be supporting at the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Speaking at his office at Capitol Hill, Nairobi, Mr Odinga said previously he was supporting Brazil but now he supports Germany after living in the country for a long time.

“I started supporting football passionately in 1962, and I was behind Brazil that year because of Pele.”

“Everybody knows that I support Germany. I am half German. I lived there for a long time and I have an obligation to be loyal to the team. Germany and Brazil are my teams, but I will be cheering all the African teams, starting with Nigeria, until they get eliminated, said Mr Odinga.

This is what residents in Garissa had to say after Raila mentioned the team he will be supporting.

“Raila is a big fan of football and he knows the best team which can deliver. Am also a big fan of Germany and I hope they will win,” Mr Hussein Ali said.

“Raila mentioned three teams, it’s good to have backup in case your team gets eliminated early,” said Mr Rashid Ibrahim.

“Raila is behind all the African teams. I also want an African team to win the World Cup. I will be closely watching,” said Mr Ahmed Nasir.

The former Prime Minister also welcomed the partnership between NTV and Kwese Free Sports TV as Kenyans will have an opportunity to enjoy the 32 World Cup games live on the channel and free of charge.

“I thank NTV for their efforts in ensuring that Kenyans can watch the games free of charge, and I urge everyone to tune in and enjoy the action,” Mr Odinga said.

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