Zuma happy with SWC ticket sales

2010-04-15 20:06

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was pleased about the interest shown in over-the-counter sales of FIFA World Cup tickets which kicked off on Thursday.

"He is quite confident now that this will encourage more people to buy tickets and certainly South Africans would be attending more soccer matches in large numbers," said his spokesperson Vincent Magwenya.

Speaking from Brazil, Magwenya said Zuma commended the decision by the organisers to consider economic restraints and drop the prices slightly so that more people could attend the spectacle.

As he moved between bilateral meetings at the Brazil-Russia-India-China and India-Brazil-South Africa summit, the banter was likely to be dominated by football, a game Zuma was known to enjoy.

Although Zuma would be ensconced in a private section of the stadiums he would visit during the games, Magwenya said patriotically that if he had had to buy a ticket it would be for "whoever Bafana Bafana plays in the finals".

Magwenya said he was sad to be missing out on buying a ticket, but hoped his wife would be able to rush out and buy one for the semi-final in Durban.

"My choice would be any game at Moses Mabhida - that stadium is just awesome."