The FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in the country last Monday on a chartered plane branded with the colours of the tour sponsors, Coca-Cola.
The pure gold trophy was met on arrival at the Air Force base in Accra by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi and senior officials of the Coca-Cola company who all had the privilege of seeing the trophy in the plane.
As has been its tradition, only sitting heads of state get the exclusive privilege of holding the trophy. And at a lavish banquet at the State House last night, President John Mahama hosted the trophy and joined his predecessors J.A. Kufuor (2006) and J.E.A. Milla (2010) to lift football’s much vaunted prize.