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World Cup trophy begins South Africa tour

The World Cup trophy went on display in Cape Town on Friday ahead of its countrywide tour of South Africa.

The World Cup trophy went on display in Cape Town on Friday ahead of its countrywide tour of South Africa.

The solid-gold trophy was unveiled in the Khayelitsha township following an unexpected visit a day earlier to Johannesburg and South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela.

Football's biggest prize made a 130,000-kilometre journey around the world, visiting 86 nations, including Canada, before arriving in the 2010 host country earlier this week.

"When you come to the arrival of the trophy and the teams then you know that the game is on," local organizing committee chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Khayelitsha.

The World Cup will visit 38 towns and cities in South Africa ahead of the tournament's June 11 kickoff.

Trophy tour organizers said the cup would travel between venues in a special helicopter.