Pama City, April 7: The trophy tour for the 2018 World Cup made its way to Pama, where President Juan Carlos Varela received the iconic prize from former French football star David Trezeguet at the Pama Pacifico Intertiol Airport.
The Boeing 737-300 that is transporting the FIFA World Cup Trophy landed here on Friday, reports Efe.
Trezeguet, an ambassador for the 18-karat, 6.1-kilogram solid gold trophy’s global journey, was the last to stop of the plane.
He thanked Varela for receiving the delegation in his country and encouraged Pamanians, who this summer will watch their team compete in a World Cup for the first time, to enjoy football’s premier tourment.
“Soon you’ll be able to enjoy this World Cup moment. Enjoy and go Pama!” Trezeguet said.
Roberto Mercade, the president of Coca Cola’s Latin American Center business unit, said it was the second time that the World Cup trophy had arrived in Pama but that this occasion was special because the country would be making its iugural appearance in the tourment this summer in Russia.
Pama was drawn in Group G along with England, Belgium and Tunisia.
Pama is one of the last stops on a 51-tion World Cup Trophy Tour that began at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will host several games of this year’s tourment, including the fil.
Varela, who declared a tiol holiday when the tiol team qualified for the tourment last October, said for his part that he was “honoured to receive the Cup on behalf of all Pamanians.”
“Pama loves and supports sports in general, but soccer is what they love the most,” he said.
The trophy tour will travel next to Costa Rica this weekend and then make stops in Mexico, the United States, Germany, Mongolia, Chi and Japan before arriving in Vladivostok, Russia, on May 1. IANS