LOCAL football fans have a chance to meet 1998 World Cup winner Christian Karembeu together with the FIFA World Cup Trophy next week.
Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Limited announced yesterday that French footballer Karembeu, who is from New Caledonia, will be FIFA's Ambassador in the country for the visit.
Karembeu is a retired French international and now Strategic Advisor for the Club Olympiacos.
During his career as a soccer player he played for France in their national team from 1992 to 2002.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola starts in Brazil, goes to Tahiti and then Fiji.
This is only the second time the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour has included islands in the Pacific. In 2010, the tour visited New Caledonia.
The tour is a 9-month global event covering 89 countries of which 52 markets will be hosting the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour for the first time ever.
The Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) has announced that the players for the South and West sides to feature in the FIFA World Cup trophy tour match will be decided through public voting.
Fiji FA vice president Tarunesh Reddy said national U20 coach Ravinesh Kumar will be in charge of the West side and Rewa coach Marika Rodu for the South.
Reddy said the public could vote by texting the name of the player, West or South to 9960522 or 8663934.
"From all the voting a list of 18 players will be selected for each respective team," he said.
Players should be an active club or district representative."
Voting closes on September 15, 2013.
The match will be played on September 21 at Churchill Park.