200 000 Fans jostle for Fifa tickets

2010-01-24 12:02

SOUTH Africans this week rushed to buy World Cup tickets as the

Friday deadline loomed.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) boss Danny Jordaan said yesterday

they received about 200 000 applications between Thursday and Friday, creating a

last minute mad rush for tickets that had not been selling well.

But fans will have to wait patiently until next month to find out

if their applications are successful or not.

The last minute rush came despite many supporters raising their

concerns about the selling process and arguing that the system was not user

friendly.

This has resulted in some prominent Premier Soccer League (PSL)

clubs supporters like Saddam Maake, Mzion ­Mofokeng and Vuzmusi “Rasta” Miya not

applying.

But Jordaan said he was happy that South Africans heeded the call

to apply, adding he was optimistic that they had exceeded the target they had

set.

“Contrary to what people were saying, tickets have been selling

very well and South Africans have been at the forefront. We are very happy with

the end results,” said Jordaan.

But club supporters were still not happy with the method of

applying for tickets, calling for a simpler system which South Africans were

used to.

“We are used to buying over the counter, and I am waiting for that

system so I can buy for myself and my family.

“I don’t want to wait for weeks not knowing whether my application

was successful or not,” said Orlando Pirates’ Mofokeng.

But Ajax Cape Town fan Gladys Bailey and Bloemfontein Celtic’s

Botha Msila said they applied as they did not want to be left behind.

Those fans who were unsuccessful will get another chance to apply

when Phase 4 opens from February 9 to April 7 when tickets will be sold on a

first-come-first-served basis.


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