Mixed Reactions After China Declares Fans’ Cabins Used in World Cup 2022 Will Be Donated to Kenya

Mixed Reactions After China Declares Fans’ Cabins Used in World Cup 2022 Will Be Donated to Kenya

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:18 PM
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  • The government of China has announced that it will donate the over 6,000 cabins used by fans in Qatar to the homeless people in Kenya
  • The Chinese government built the cabins that have been used by fans currently in Qatar for the World Cup
  • The Chinese built cabins have standard amenities and can accommodate up to two people

The Chinese government has declared that the cabins used by fans gracing the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be donated to the homeless people in Kenya after the games.

The cabins were created by the Chinese to serve the influx of people in Qatar due to the World Cup and have been stationed in fan villages.

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An employee walks past cabins at the Al-Emadi fan village in Doha on November 9, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament. Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV.
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The Assistant Minister of Chinese Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, revealed in a tweet that:

"The 6,000-cabin fan village at the #FIFAWorldCup. The cabins were made by Chinese companies and will be donated to the homeless in Kenya after the games."

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Nation Media reports that the cabins can accommodate two people. The cabins have amenities like a fridge, bathroom, housekeeping services and internet connection.

Several people reacted to that piece of news, with Chunying's tweet garnering over 1000 likes.

@PaulaPaaulu said:

"Nice but super-hot. I saw cabins have swamp coolers, which work fine in dry hot climate but are useless in Kenya, where climate is humid year around. Better to send them to Sahara/Sahel countries. Without cooling straw hut or tent is more comfortable than enclosed cabin in Kenya."

@cvneveus said:

"Unsuitable for more than short-term human habitation. But surely there was good money to be made putting them there."

@ixo66 tweeted:

"Qatar, a small desert country approximately the size of Kiambu county. Look at Kenya, a vast country full of resources...while there's nothing wrong with receiving donations, it's a reminder of how Kenya's leadership has failed its citizens big time"

While @ndumakuwili said:

"And they will never reach the homeless."

Kenyan warms hearts in Qatar

Sports Brief had earlier reported that a Kenyan man in Qatar has become an overnight internet sensation for his hilarious directions, making him a darling of football fans currently in Qatar for the World Cup.

Normally after every four years, fans usually troop to a country to witness world-class players battle for the World Cup trophy, but this time around, the fans in Qatar have found something else.

Meet Abubakar Abbas, a Kenyan man working in Qatar at the Souq Waqif market. His work is to direct the tourists to where the metro station is. He has become a fan favourite due to how he creatively directs people with his catchphrase of 'Metro this way, metro that way' becoming popular.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)