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    Singing street marshals are Qatar World Cup’s surprise stars

    AP – For many fans, the unofficial soundtrack of the World Cup in Qatar is fast becoming the incessant chanting of street marshals, better known as Last Mile Marshals.

    Seated all over Doha on high chairs more commonly used by lifeguards at swimming pools, these migrant workers have become a staple of the Middle East’s first World Cup.

    They point visitors flooding into this Arabian Peninsula nation in the right direction on their search for public transportation. It’s an important crowd control measure as some 1.2 million fans are expected to inundate Qatar, a country home to three million people.

    The vast majority of the marshals come from Kenya and Ghana.

    After a monotonous start, some marshals now sing or chant their instructions to fans.

    Bullhorns they carry blast out the recorded message again, and again, and again.

    The instructions spark laughter among fans who often join in with the chants.

    A street marshal gives indications to fans at a subway station at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. PHOTO: AP
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