Indonesians and Malaysians revelled in a rare luxury today as the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola hit their shores. Innumerable football enthusiasts were able to see the hallowed Trophy in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, and the buzz among them was palpable.
"I am very pleased and I thank you for bringing the FIFA World Cup Trophy to our country as part of the international tour,” enthused President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, where over 10,000 fans attended the event over the course of two days. “I can assure you that the whole nation will be thrilled by this momentous sport event.”
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was among the many dignitaries who, along with thousands of supporters, witnessed the Trophy in the capital city. Another, Datuk Seri Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, the Deputy President of the Malaysian Football Association (FAM), said it was “an honour and inspiration for players, fans and the country.”
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will travel 83 countries in 225 days, covering 138,902 kilometers in the process, before arriving in South Africa ahead of the 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup.