NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – The Emirates FA Cup trophy will start its first ever Kenya tour on Thursday morning accompanied by former England goalkeeper David James.
The trophy which is the most famous piece of silverware in England, will exclusively be hosted by Capital FM during the morning breakfast show from 7am – 9am where one winner will be rewarded with a fully paid trip to watch the 2016/17 FA Cup final.
It will arrive in Kenya on Wednesday evening from Ghana where it stopped first, with only the two countries having the privilege of hosting the trophy as it embarked on its first-ever tour in Africa.
During the two-day visit in Kenya, James who won it in 2008 while playing for Portsmouth, will attend events with Emirates, the media, and a local football club, before returning to London on Friday.
“Emirates is a prestigious and global brand and our important partnership with them has helped us widen the reach of the Emirates FA Cup to fans all over the world. This tour presents an exciting opportunity for the thousands of football fans in Africa to get a little closer to the competition its famous piece of silverware,” The FA’s head of commercial partnerships, Dan Kiddle, said.
Over 700 clubs entered the competition and over two million fans have already attended an Emirates FA Cup tie this season, with the first round proper due to start in November.
The competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years, becoming one of the most dominant brands in English football with a global reach involving thousands of fans across the world.
Arsenal and holders Manchester United are the most successful clubs in the competition having won it 12 times apiece with Wanderers FC and Blackburn Rovers being the only clubs to win it three times in a row.
The fourth round qualifying will take place on Saturday, October 15.