Football's most prestigious prize in PNG

Football's most prestigious prize has made a historic FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, touching down on PNG soil today.

The gold symbol, known as football's most coveted prize, arrived in the official Coca-Cola Global aircraft at the Jackson's International Airport.

A very proud Coca-Cola PNG general manager, Joyonto Chaudhury, spoke with excitement before welcoming PNG football officials and the media onto the aircraft to see the FIFA trophy.

The small but significant world football symbol is what world nations will be vying for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is passing through Port Moresby as PNG is the 8th nation as a FIFA member.

PNG Football Association General Secretary, Dimirit Mileng, said: "We didn't ask for the trophy to come here but FIFA and Coca-Cola chose PNG and for that, we are grateful."

Sophie Yaruso