President of Coca-Cola South Africa, William Egbe, whose company sponsors the tour, said in a conference here at the weekend that they were committed to sponsoring the most prestigious event in the world.
The tour of the trophy in the host country began at Ellis Park on March 11. From Johannesburg, it is on to Western Cape, where the solid gold trophy will start its 32-day journey through South Africa on May 7. It will stop at 38 cities and towns in the country, arriving back in Johannesburg on June 6, days before the opening match at the Soccer City Stadium on June 11.
“Only heads of state and the captains of winning teams will be allowed to touch it,” said Onwell Msomi, the general manager of Coca-Cola South Africa.
From Western Cape, the tour will head to Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo before returning to Gauteng. At each city and town it visits, the trophy will be prominently displayed for public viewing. More than 500 people per event will be able to have their pictures taken with the trophy.Post published in: Football