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The World Cup trophy will land in the country at the end of the month


The tour is made possible thanks to the collaboration between the famous beverage company Coca-Cola and world football’s governing body, FIFA.

The deadly and imposing French striker, David Trezeguet, will accompany the World Cup when it arrives in our corner of the country.

It is hoped then that the arrival of the World Cup will galvanize football officials on our home ground to redouble their efforts to ensure that Tanzania one day honors this quadrennial football extravaganza.

Additionally, it is hoped that the coveted piece of silverware will fire the imagination of all football fans, players and coaches here at home.

On a decidedly bleaker note, local sports fans have recently been plunged into deep grief over the untimely passing of US track and field coach Ron Davis.

Once a budding athlete himself, Davis played an unimaginable instrumental role in the successes of national track and field legend Filbert Bayi in the early 1980s.

But his impeccable and selfless efforts don’t stop there. Davis himself personally ensured that many gifted local athletes could obtain scholarships to study at American colleges and universities.

The African-American coach has also had stints in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique and DR Congo, where he spent time as a top-notch athletics coach.

Indeed, Davis leaves behind gigantic shoes that may never be filled enough and he will be sorely missed at the end of a glorious chapter in our athletic history.

Turning now to tennis, I recently wrote in these pages about the remarkably rapid rise of Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur to the limelight.

Now with a strong presence on the world women’s tennis scene, Jabeur’s breakthrough year was unquestionably last year when she became the first African and Arab player to break into the top 10 of world women’s tennis.

However, to prove that her outstanding work last year was no flash in the pan, Jabeur impressively picked up where she left off last year.

Indeed, last weekend, Jabeur superbly got the better of American Jessica Pegula in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open to clinch the title.

Jabeur’s triumph was significant as the Madrid Open is one of the most elite and highly rated tournaments in women’s tennis in the world.

Moreover, thanks to her resounding victory, she became the first African and Arab to lift the trophy in history.

Frankly, Jabeur’s exceptional progress has been nothing short of a fairy tale rise to the top of world women’s tennis.

And, at the rate she is going, Jabeur could very well be on the verge of further rewriting the history books of world women’s tennis.

So let’s hope a Grand Slam title win isn’t out of Jabeur’s reach for very long.