KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda is one of the 12 African countries that
will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.
deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Football
Association confirmed on Monday that from March 5 the coveted
trophy will be in the country for two days. “We shall soon make
arrangements on the tour of the World Cup trophy. It is a big
opportunity to be picked to host the trophy,” Mandu told Xinhua.
The 2018 FIFA World
Cup will be the 21st World Cup, a quadrennial
international football tournament contested by the men’s
national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will take
place in Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The trophy will come
from Cape Town in South Africa on March 4 and head to Uganda’s
capital, after which it will go to Nigeria’s capital Abuja.
Although Uganda did not qualify for the World Cup, the Ugandans
will be eager to view the coveted World Cup trophy. The tour is
sponsored by one of FIFA’s co-sponsors Coca Cola.
Uganda’s capital is
one of the 91 selected cities for the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour
that will touch down in 51 countries across six continents. In
2009 the World Cup trophy also toured Uganda ahead of the 2010
event in South Africa.
Phillipe Le Floc’h,
FIFA’s chief commercial officer said that following the success
of the first phase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour which gave
more than 220,000 people across Russia the chance to see the
FIFA World Cup Trophy with their own eyes, they are now excited
to offer this unforgettable opportunity to football fans around
The schedule for the
World Cup trophy tour will go through Sri Lanka, Maldives,
Thailand, Laos, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea,
Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Austria,
Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, UAE,
Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda,
Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Italy, France, Germany,
Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Argentina, Colombia, Panama,
Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, Germany, Mongolia, China and Japan.