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After the passing of the World Cup trophy a few weeks ago in Yaoundé, Cameroon will again welcome, on April 14, the World Cup ball, simply called “the Ball” before continuing its journey to South Africa.

It is the Special Olympics Cameroon (SOC) association, a dismemberment of Special Olympics, which received approval to host the week-long event, Cameroon’s online website said.

“The Ball” will stay in Cameroon for one week, and it will leave on April 21 for Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana before ending in the land of Nelson Mandela where it will be played, from 11 June to 11 July, the first African World Cup.

“The Ball” is to football what the Olympic flame is to the Olympic Games. Its journey across the world is an initiative by the Special Olympics International in partnership with the “Spirit of Football” Association.

The event takes place every four years, in preparation for the final phase of the World Cup.

During the stay of the 2010 World Cup ball in Cameroon, the organizers have planned many activities, including football matches, cultural and free medical consultations for people with mental disabilities.

The world tour of “The Ball” is primarily to collect 100,000 signatures on the ball. Cameroon, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are the countries that will represent Africa at the 2010 World Cup. -APA news

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