Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Tickets not selling for Afcon semis



Tickets for football's Africa Cup of Nations semifinals are still available, with organisers stating 43,000 remained unsold as of Friday.

Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban had 19,000 tickets unsold while Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which has been severely criticised for the state of it's sandlogged pitch, had 24,000 tickets available for Wednesday's semifinals.

The February 10 final in Johannesburg however only had 6,000 tickets unsold in a stadium able to hold more than 85 000.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary general Hicham El Amrani said Nelspruit needed to work hard but understood fans were hedging their bets until the participants were decided.

"We understand that some spectators don't want to commit before they know who is going to play in those semifinals," he said.

A total of of 433 053 tickets had been bought by the public for the tournament and 278 596 complimentary tickets have been distributed.

Local organising committee (LOC) chairman Mvuzo Mbebe said the consistently low attendances at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth had been particularly noticeable.

Given how free transport and tickets to the games had been provided, it was surprising how few people had turned out. The city will host the third-place play-off on Saturday.

"We are looking now at the system of, instead of us issuing complimentary tickets beforehand, we only give people tickets when they arrive at the bus station or the train station," said Mbebe.

Given the challenges the LOC had faced in organising the tournament, Mbebe was understandably pleased with how the competition had proceeded overall thus far.

"We got the thumbs up from CAF, and we also got the thumbs up from the public of South Africa," he said. Author: Adam Wakefield

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Barclays Premier League - Matchday 3: Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Tue, 02 Sep @ 05:00
Wed, 03 Sep @ 16:00

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Where are Kenya's strikers?
I was watching the English Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday night and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...