Africa’s turn to lift World Cup trophy – Rhoo

Roger Gauntlet, Velaphi Ratshofola and Felicity George unveil the Fifa World Cup trophy during its tour of Johannesburg. Photo: Zanele Siso/Zanephoto

 

Johannesburg football fans flocked to the Empire Venue in Parktown to welcome the Fifa World Cup trophy to South African shores.

This is part of a worldwide tour to drum up support for the Russia 2018 showpiece that begins on 14 June.

Roger Gauntlet, Velaphi Ratshofola and Felicity George unveil the Fifa World Cup trophy during its tour of Johannesburg. Photo: Zanele Siso/Zanephoto

The trophy’s world tour journey began in Russia and has been to several Asian countries before touching down on the African continent in Mozambique, then to South Africa in Johannesburg and later Cape Town.

South African football heavyweights Dr Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and its CEO Dennis Mumble, and Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe were on hand to welcome the trophy to South African shores when it landed at OR Tambo International Airport.

Velaphi Ratshofola, Felicity George and Roger Gauntlet at the unveiling of the Fifa World Cup trophy during its tour of Johannesburg. Photo: Zanele Siso/Zanephoto

In Parktown, Radebe, a former Leeds United skipper and Kaizer Chiefs star defender, told fans of the beautiful game that ‘it was Africa’s time in 2010 to host the spectacular now it was Africa’s turn to lift the trophy’.

“My money is on an African country,” he said.

“Africa’s Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana are all waiting in the wings to bag the trophy this time around. We all know how big the Fifa World Cup is and for us to have an opportunity to relive the 2010 excitement is something to be cherished,” added the man who was popularly known as Rhoo during his career at Amakhosi.

Dennis Mumble, CEO of Safa; Mapule Mogane, also of Safa; and Lebo Tlometsane of Coca-Cola at the World Cup trophy tour event at Empire Venue. Photo: Zanele Siso/Zanephoto

The trophy is made up of solid gold and weighs 6,142kg, which explains the heavy security around the trophy.

Which country do you think will win the Fifa World Cup in Russia later this year? Tweet @AlexNewsZA

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Sipho Siso

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