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Emirates takes FA Cup on first tour of Africa

Dubai airline, which sponsors prestigious competition, takes trophy to Kenya and Ghana

Emirates takes FA Cup on first tour of Africa
Nacho Monreal of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal lift the winners trophy following the 2015 FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Emirates, the lead partner of the Emirates FA Cup competition in England, is taking the famous trophy on its first-ever tour to Africa.

The airline, which sponsors some of the world’s biggest sporting events and teams, plans to take the FA Cup to Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya after a short layover in Dubai, giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most prestigious domestic competition trophies.

The trophy, accompanied by FA Cup ambassador and former England goalkeeper David James, travelled on flight EK787 from Dubai to Accra on Monday and will continue its journey to Kenya after a two-day tour visit to Ghana.

Emirates became the lead partner of The FA Cup, to be known as The Emirates FA Cup during the 2015/2016 season of the English Premier league. The tour of the Cup formed part of the three year sponsorship deal the airline has had with the English Football Association.

The Emirates FA Cup is the oldest and biggest domestic football tournament in the world with a large global following and attracts thousands of supporters all over the world including Ghana and Kenya.

Emirates is a long-standing supporter of football with partnerships across Europe including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Olympiacos FC, Hamburger SV, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal.

Throughout the next three years, Emirates said it will focus on bringing the world’s most prestigious domestic cup competition closer to its fans from across the nation as well as the rest of the globe.

Emirates currently serves 27 destinations in Africa including five cargo points.

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