In a few weeks, the continent will be getting #ReadyFor the 2018 FIFA World Cup, giving football fans and communities a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the solid-gold trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July.

Ethiopia will be the first African country to welcome the trophy, on 24th February.  The Trophy will then make its way to Kenya on 26th February before it jets off to Mozambique on 28th February, travelling on a private Coca-Cola chartered plane. It will tour South Africa between the 1st and 3rd March, vising Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The trophy will be received in Uganda on 5th March before it heads off to West Africa. Between 7th and 10th March, both Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria will receive the trophy, then Senegal on 11th March and Cote D’Ivoire on 13th March. The Trophy lands in Egypt on 15th March before it departs from the continent.

The visit of the trophy is set to re-ignite the overwhelming World Cup fever amongst soccer fans and country teams preparing to compete in the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup tournament. The Trophy Tour gives fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy a rare close-up view of the authentic Trophy while having a great experience and an opportunity to take plenty of souvenir photographs to share on their social media pages.

For the latest updates from the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, including upcoming tour destinations and dates, exclusive interviews, photos and videos, visit the official website www.fifa.com/trophytour, the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/trophytour and the official Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/trophytour/.

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Here are some interesting facts about football across our continent:

Cote D’Ivoire - The national team won the two longest penalty shootouts in the history of international football. In the African Cup of Nations in 1992, they defeated Ghana 11-10 and in the quarterfinal of 2006 African Cup of Nations the team beat Cameroon 12-11.

Ethiopia - Ethiopia was one of only three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957. It won the competition in 1962, while it was also the host.

Kenya – While the Kenyan national team may not have made inroads into the World Cup or African Cup, Kenyans are football crazy! It is almost impossible to find a Kenyan who does not support one of the big premier league teams.

Mozambique – The national team is currently coached by former Portugal international footballer Abel Xavier, who has been in charge since February 2016. Xavier played for clubs in Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Turkey and Germany.

Nigeria – Nigeria is one of the most successful Football nations in Africa. The 2018 World Cup will be the sixth appearance the country’s national team (Super Eagles) will be making at the top tournament with the others being in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Senegal - Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, one of only three African teams to do so (the first being Cameroon in 1990; the other being Ghana in 2010). The Lions of Teranga will represent Africa at the World Cup this year.

South Africa – During the 2010 World Cup held in SA, football fans created a local dance called the ‘diski dance’ that incorporates some typical ‘soccer moves’  - really fun to learn as a group dance!

Uganda – Football was first introduced into Uganda in 1897 by R H Walker, a missionary from the United Kingdom.