Durban ticket sales shock

2013-01-16 00:00

THE African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Local Organising Committee (LOC) and provincial government yesterday pleaded with fans in Durban to ensure that Bafana Bafana’s two group-stage matches at Moses Mabhida Stadium this month are sold out.

The picture at the moment is a bleak one, with LOC chairperson Mwelo Nonkonyana confirming to The Witness that only about 25% of the tickets available for Bafana’s Durban matches against Angola (January 23) and Morocco (January 27) have been sold.

Bafana’s tournament opener against Cape Verde Islands at the National Stadium in Johannesburg this Saturday is sold out.

Nonkonyana and his team of organisers have received the thumbs-up from CAF for their organisation of the tournament so far, but an apparent lack of public interest has left a major black mark on South Africa’s hosting of the continental showpiece.

“We are urging all South Africans to make sure that the tickets on offer are bought,” Nonkonyana said in front of newspaper editors and journalists at the Moses Mabhida stadium yesterday.

“Once the stadium is full, Bafana Bafana will perform better.”

Another shocking revelation to come out of yesterday’s meeting was that more tickets have been sold for the Mali versus Congo DR match at Moses Mabhida on January 28 than for Bafana’s clash with Morocco at the same venue a day earlier.

But while ticket sales remain the LOC’s major concern, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo was quick to point out Durban’s successful hosting of major events since the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including the recent Volvo Golf Champions that was hosted at Durban Country Club last week.

“We can say with confidence that eThekwini is ready and that Moses Mabhida is ready for the kick-off,” he said.

Nxumalo added that security measures and accommodation for the four teams that will be based in Durban were satisfactory.

He urged soccer fans to make use of the public transport and parking facilities on offer.

“All of our logistics are in place and our team has worked tirelessly and we are ready to roll out the red carpet for the four teams that we will be hosting,” he said.

Moses Mabhida is set to host six matches, while Bafana could feature in four of those.

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