Afcon roadshow hits Durban suburbs

2012-12-08 00:00

WITH just over a month until kick-off on January 19, the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) football roadshow took to the streets of Westville, New Germany and Pinetown yesterday.

It’s all to create awareness ahead of the tournament, which gets under way with Bafana Bafana meeting Cape Verde Islands in the first match at the FNB Stadium.

After the 2010 Fifa World Cup, this is the next biggest football extravaganza to be hosted in South Africa and, closer to home, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is set to play its part.

With volunteers waving flags and handing out pamphlets, not forgetting a touch of upbeat music, the roadshow added some life to Friday morning shopping, stopping at local supermarkets to generate interest and hopefully boost ticket sales for the event.

“We want to get people excited and into the spirit of football ahead of the tournament,” said Linda Ntuli, Afcon’s mobilisation convenor in Durban.

Mluleki Mtungwa, media officer from the Department of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation in KwaZulu-Natal, was optimistic ahead of the tournament. “The response from the public has been outstanding ... It’s not only about Bafana, but the culture of African football. Bafana are set to play two matches in Durban, and these are not to be missed.”

Mtungwa said everything was in place for the event, from security and transport, to policing and spectators’ safety.

Tickets are on sale at SuperSpars throughout the province.

“Considering a PSL match ticket is R40, we believe R50 for the cheapest ticket is a bargain. On January 23, there is a double-header at Moses Mabhida, with Bafana taking on Angola, followed by Morocco against Cape Verde Islands. Two matches for R50 is a giveaway,” said Ntuli.

Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early, and there is a 10% discount on prices until December 23.

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