- World Cup winners Iker Casillas and Ricardo Kaka will be arriving in Ghana with the original FIFA World Cup trophy
- The Original FIFA World Cup Trophy was unveiled at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena before it embarks on its fifth journey
- The trophy will be on a global journey that will include Ghana and all the 31 remaining qualifying countries
World Cup winners Iker Casillas and Ricardo Kaka are set to tour Ghana with the original FIFA Cup trophy.
The tour will give football lovers the opportunity to get ready to taste the feeling of the world’s largest, most anticipated sporting event – the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
In hosting this momentous international tour, Coca-Cola and FIFA will invite fans to get an up-close contact with the same trophy that is presented by FIFA to the winning country of the FIFA World Cup.
The trophy will be on a global journey that will include Ghana and all the 31 remaining qualifying countries for the first time ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
The Vice‑President of Global Sports & Entertainment Marketing and Partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company, Brad Ross, told FIFA.com:
“As football fans around the world gear up to support their teams, Coca-Cola is thrilled to offer fans the opportunity to experience the trophy ahead of the tournament.
“The real magic of the FIFA World Cup exists with fans believing in their teams and showcasing their passion for the game.”
Kaka won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, while Casillas was part of the star-studded Spain side that conquered the world in 2010.
The former Brazilian midfielder said it was a dream come true to tour the world with the World Cup trophy.
“It is an incredible honour to be part of the first stop of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. My first FIFA World Cup as a player was when I was just 20 years old, and it is still fresh in my mind – for me, it was a dream come true,” Kaka told FIFA.com.
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“It was the highlight of my career when I lifted this very trophy as captain of Spain in 2010. And it is exciting that someone will have that feeling in Qatar later this year. It fills me with great pride to join all of you today, as we kick off the journey of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, bringing it to the fans across the globe.”
Ghana drawn in Group H
Meanwhile, the Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn against Uruguay, Portugal and South Korea in Group H of the Qatar 2022 World Cup following a draw in Qatar.
Ghana found themselves in in Pot 4 alongside Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine, Peru/Australia/UAE and Costa Rica/New Zealand.
Otto Addo's men qualified for the World Cup after urging the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a two-legged playoff earlier this week.
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If found guilty, Ecuador will be banned from this year's World Cup which is set to take place in Qatar.