FIFA World Cup trophy heads back to South Africa

A fan holds up a trophy before the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between England and Italy at the Amazonia arena in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Eight years after South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, the most famous trophy on the planet is heading back.

After visiting various cities across the world, the trophy will touch down from Mozambique to Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 March, where it will be accompanied by FIFA and Coca-Cola dignitaries and South African hip hop sensation, Cassper Nyovest, who has teamed up with Jason Derulo for the Coca-Cola FIFA anthem.

Football’s most prized asset which was lifted by Spain in 2010 will be on public display in Soweto and Cape Town over the next couple of days.

The 18 karat gold, six kilogram trophy will be heavily guarded.

“We all know how big the World Cup is for us to have an opportunity to relive the 2010 excitement is something to be cherished. I urge people to come out in their numbers and join in the fun and festivities,” said former South Africa football team captain, Lucas Radebe.

The initiative is to raise excitement ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

By winning the tournament for the third time in 1970, Brazil secured the rights to permanently retain the original trophy which was stolen in Rio de Janeiro in 1983. It has not been recovered, and it is widely believed to have been melted down and sold.

The replacement was designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga and depicts two human figures holding up the Earth.