by Nontsikelelo Ntsibande
The FIFA World Cup trophy is expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Thursday for its global tour.
South African football fans in and around Soweto will have the opportunity to see the trophy at Maponya Mall on Friday.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off in September 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The trophy stayed in Russia until December heading global to cover over 50 countries across six continents.
The Trophy global tour started in 2006 and has become an integral part of celebrations surrounding the FIFA World Cup that brings happiness to millions of fans.
The much-anticipated tournament kicks off in Russia on 14 July 2018 and, before it’s presented to the winning nation at the end of the competition, the famous gold trophy makes various pit stops around the world with Soweto’s Maponya Mall being one of them.
The Mother City will host the trophy on Saturday, 3 March before another stop in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
Other African cities also included in the tour include Lagos, Dakar and Cairo before it heads on to other continents.
The tour will conclude on the 30th of April in Osaka, Japan for its last stop – that’s just over a month before the beginning of the FIFA World Cup tournament. The Trophy will return to the host country in May ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.