By Thomas Odongo
Uganda's attempts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup have ended in mere heart breaks for a couple of years now.
For the fans who have waited in vain for their nation to appear in the global show piece, there is a reason to smile now.
Get in, the FIFA World Cup trophy - the original trophy will be coming to Uganda on 5-6 March courtesy of Coca Cola with the official viewing of the most prestigious football accolade set to be at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
On Monday, January 29th 2017, Coca Cola who are the official sponsors of the tour in question revealed the tour schedule to the media at Kati Kati Restaurant in Lugogo.
On March 5th, the trophy will be received by a dignified government official most probably President Yoweri Museveni as it was the case in 2009 ahead of the famous 2010 South Africa World Cup.
On March 6th, the trophy will be available for public viewing at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala with a Coca Cola bottle the only requirement needed for one to access the grounds.
''We are very humbled to welcome the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Uganda for the second time, ‘Coca Cola's senior brand manager for Uganda; Miriam Limo told the press.
National Council of Sports General Secretary; Nicholas Muramagi who was also available during the presser noted that the tour will tickle Uganda's love for sports mainly football amidst promoting sports tourism.
The trophy will pay visit to ten countries in Africa with others being Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan.
The World Cup Trophy Tour is a part of the build up to the tournament which allows fans around the world to see the original trophy in the shortest sight possible and can even take photos with it.
The idea started in 2006 ahead of the World Cup in Germany and by then, the trophy visited only 29 countries.
Ahead of the mouthwatering 2010 South Africa World Cup, the trophy visited 84 countries across the globe including 54 in Africa including Uganda.
Before the 2014 Brazil World Cup, 90 countries got full view of the trophy in just a period of 267 days.
The 2018 World Cup trophy tour began in September 2017 in Russia, where it stayed for 78 days, visiting 16 cities.
On January 22 2018, the international leg of the tour was launched in London and it is set to touch down in 91 cities across 51 countries in six continents.
From London, the tour went to Sri Lanka, then to Maldives and Thailand en route to Laos.
It will then travel through Asia, visiting places like Kazakhstan, China and Azerbaijan at the beginning of February and on February 10, it will arrive back in Europe when it stops in Malta.
The tour is due to first arrive in Africa on February 22, starting with Sudan and it will stay in the continent till March 16 when it returns to Europe via Italy.