The FIFA World Cup Trophy has arrived in Jamaica and it is the closest it seems Jamaica will ever get to behold the beautiful trophy. It is the first time the trophy has been to Jamaica and hundreds are expected to turn out for its viewing. The trophy was unveiled by Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller and the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell yesterday, when it landed at the Norman Manley International Airport.
The trophy is on tour for nine months and will pass through 89 different countries. The tour began in Brazil a few weeks ago and arrived in Jamaica from Panama. It was the first stop in the Caribbean for football’s most coveted prize and it is expected to make its way to 18 different territories. The Prime Minister stated;
“I’m personally very proud that Jamaica is the first stop in the Caribbean, in our region and I’m sure that those who have the opportunity to view her tomorrow will also be very pleased.”
“She is very beautiful and shining, just like the gold in our flag.”
“The World Cup has deep meaning for all Jamaicans … To date, there has been no football memory as sweet as the shared joy of watching our Reggae Boyz break through the barriers of history and made their way triumphantly to France in 1998.”
The Caribbean has long been passionate about the sport of football and it is good to see that the region will get the opportunity to have such a historic football experience.