ENTEBBE - The long-awaited FIFA World Cup trophy has arrived in Uganda amidst tight security.
The World Cup trophy jetted into the country alongside a team of FIFA officials at the Entebbe International Airport ahead of a two-day tour in the country that will enable soccer fans to have fan and take photographs.
At the Airport, Ugandan officials led by Sports Minister Charles Baabulindi and FUFA President Moses Magogo had a photo opportunity inside the Jet before taking it down.
This was received by a colorful ceremony at the Entebbe international airport.
President Yoweri Museveni graced the trophy tour event at State House Entebbe. This is the second time since making its maiden visit in 2006.
Uganda is one of the ten African countries where fans will have an opportunity to interact with the coveted trophy.
The tradition is that the original trophy can only be held by former winners and current heads of state.This is the fourth time the FIFA trophy is going on a tour around the world.
The rare tour is involving six continents with over 50 countries and more than a million fans, before reaching its conclusion ahead of the kick-off in Rusia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.
PROGRAMME OF THE TROPHY TOUR
11am: Arrival at Entebbe
11:30 am: Photo opportunity with the Minister of Education and Sports, FUFA, Uganda Cranes representatives, National Council of Sports and Russian Embassy officials.
12:15am: President Yoweri Museveni and Cabinet Ministers’ photo opportunity.
3pm: Viewing at Coca-Cola plant in Namanve by employees and selected customers.
8pm: VIP viewing at Serena hotel
10am - 7pm: Public viewing at Lugogo Cricket Oval
In 1966, the FIFA World Cup trophy was stolen. Fifty two years later, the world’s most coveted prize in sports has been under tight security.
On Friday, it was announced by officials of Coca-Cola and Police that security will not be relaxed when the trophy arrives in Uganda on March 5, giving football fans a once in a life opportunity to get closer to the ultimate prize of football.
Coca-Cola marketing manager Maggie Kigozi said during a function at Lugogo Cricket Oval where the trophy will be on display that extra caution will have to be observed.
A combination of private security and state agencies will be tasked with the safety of the 18 karat gold trophy that stands at 36.8 centimeters weighing 6.1 kilograms.
The trophy will head to Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast and then Egypt, before it leaves Africa for Europe.