Chan organisers in drive to woo fans after Bafana loss

2014-01-21 13:48

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The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the African Nations Championship (Chan) will embark on a serious drive to attract supporters to stadiums for the remainder of the tournament.

After Bafana Bafana’s exit from the tournament on Sunday, there were doubts whether supporters would continue attending matches.

But LOC chief executive officer Mvuzo Mbebe today said the tournament did not revolve around Bafana and he was confident they would still attract more supporters.He said the host nation’s exit did not mean the end of the tournament.

“Our marketing strategies for the tournament did not revolve around Bafana as we knew there were chances of them being knocked out early. The good thing is that we did not plan around Bafana so their exit doesn’t worry us.

“Anyway, they were always going to play in Cape Town and we had plans for other stadiums – except Polokwane – we have had a fair attendance. We followed the same system we used in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations as we also did not rely on the home team. We hope supporters will still attend matches despite Bafana’s exit,” said Mbebe.

He said he was hopeful the good attendances at various stadiums would be maintained.

“Things have gone our way so far and we hope to keep it that way. We have achieved what we had sought to achieve at the beginning of the tournament and we are encouraged by that.”

He said 129 986 supporters had gone through the turnstiles at various stadiums in the 20 matches so far and he expected more in the coming knockout stages.

Mbebe said even the television ratings had been encouraging as the tournament had attracted more viewers than anticipated.

He said the opening game between Bafana and Mozambique had attracted the highest viewership of 4.2 million viewers while the lowest so far had been the goalless draw between Zimbabwe and Uganda with 1.4 million people watching.

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