NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6 – Over 15,000 football fans in Egypt and Tunisia turned up to witness the FIFA World Cup trophy, as it started making its journey towards South Africa.
From North Africa, the Trophy will this week be making its way through West Africa, beginning with Cape Verde, where fans will view it at Praia city on Monday, 5th October before moving into Bamako City in Mali on Tuesday.
On 31st October, the Trophy will make its way to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the East and Central Africa leg of the tour.
On December 3, 2009, the first leg of the tour draws to a close in Cape Town, South Africa, near the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals draw. The second part of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will see the trophy visit additional countries across the globe from January to April 2010.
This year’s Trophy Tour is the longest ever global tour. FIFA and The Coca-Cola Company taking the real solid-gold trophy to 86 countries during a 225-day journey and allowing thousands of fans to enjoy a rare close-up view of the authentic FIFA World Cup Trophy.
The trophy will travel 134,017 kilometres (83,274 miles) and visit every nation in Africa to give African fans the once-in-a-lifetime experience of having their picture taken with the trophy.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Trophy draws on the huge success of the first global Trophy Tour held in 2006.
In 2006, the tour visited 31 cities in 29 countries, covering 102,570 kilometres (63,734 miles) with millions of fans around the world enjoying the chance to have a closer look at football’s most famous prize.
The trophy measures 36.8 centimeters (14.5 inches) high, weighs in at 6,175 grams (13.61 pounds) and is made of solid, 18-carat gold. The winners retain it until the next tournament and are awarded a replica that is gold-plated, rather than solid gold.
The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite, while the bottom side of the Trophy bears the engraved year and name of each FIFA World Cup winner since 1974.