It was Cameroon’s own turn to welcome the World Cup Trophy on September 8, as part of a tour that is expected to reach all 32 nations that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
For Africa, the trophy left Senegal, Ghana, before arriving in Yaounde, Thursday.
Sports authorities in Cameroon were excited to welcome the FIFA delegation led by 1998 World Cup winner, David Trezeguet.
“Thank you for presenting this trophy to us, with the hope that it will come back. That is the dream of every Cameroonian…However, it’s just a dream, but we are in a situation of hope and possibility, as we say, impossible is not Cameroonian” said Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, during a welcome ceremony at his Ministry.
FIFA Trophy Tour Ambassador, David Trezeguet, acknowledged the importance of dreaming big. “When we have ambition, it is good to believe, it is a dream, a magical dream. For me, I had the opportunity with my country France in 1998 to win this cup. When we are still kids, when we love football, the first step is to have that ambition, that dream about the World Cup. When we become professionals it becomes very clear…”
Football fans in Cameroon will be chanced to touch the World Cup trophy in Yaounde this Friday, when it will be presented to the public at the Multipurpose Sports Complex of the capital city.
The trophy will leave Cameroon for Morocco on September 10, before ending its African tour in Tunisia.