KARACHI: Since Pakistan failed to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, but there is good news for football fans as the FIFA World Cup Trophy is set to come to Pakistan next month.
Pakistan wasn’t a stop on the quadrennial Trophy Tour since 2006 but the World Cup Trophy will make an appearance in Lahore on February 3 on its journey to the FIFA World Cup in Russia in June this year.
However, Pakistan Football Federation will have no role in trophy tour to Pakistan and the event is purely being conducted by the FIFA and sponsors.
Pakistan Football Federation was suspended by FIFA over third-party interference last year.
Those claims have been put to rest with a formal announcement on the Trophy Tour to come at a news conference in Lahore on Thursday with the city already marked as a host on the afore-mentioned date on the FIFA website.
After a day in Lahore, the trophy will be taken to Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The World Cup Trophy has already gone on a tour across Russia and the global phase begins in London on January 22. The World Cup next year, across 11 Russian cities, runs from June 14 to July 15.