Doha, Qatar – Abubakr Abbass, a 23-year-old from Kenya, has emerged as a firm fan favourite – and accidental social media sensation – during the football World Cup in Qatar. Sat on a tennis-umpire chair and wearing a large foam finger, he guides the hundreds of fans visiting the historic market – called Souq Waqif – to the metro station nearby with the help of his trusted megaphone. His helpful advice, “Metro? This way. Metro? This way,” has now become a famous catchphrase. “We love him; we love the metro guy,” one fan said, motioning towards Abbass. “I saw him on TikTok. I thought it was really funny. He makes me laugh; it’s such a simple task,” added a young fan dressed in a Chelsea football shirt. People visiting the popular Souq Waqif regularly interact with Abbass, engaging in back-and-forths and creating pantomime-like scenes. Not much is known about Abbass, but the mysterious social media star has earned plaudits for bringing enthusiasm to an otherwise mundane task.