JOHANNESBURG – The Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Monday said it was confident it would reach its ticket sales target for the tournament with less than two weeks to go.
The organisers aim to sell around 500,000 tickets for the games which begin on 19 January.
Libya was the original host of the tournament but South Africa had to take over due to the political instability in that country.
Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium and Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium are the host cities.
The opening and closing games will take place at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.
LOC spokesperson Sipho Sithole said more than half of the targeted number has been sold already.
“We have exceeded 300,000 tickets. Our target is 500,000 tickets throughout the tournament. We’re working non-stop towards that goal and we are confident we can do it.”
The LOC has been selling tickets through various platforms using different methods that are foreign to South African soccer fans.
Sithole said the sales methods are not to blame for the slow sales during the past few months.
“We’re not going to change the method of selling tickets. Actually, our method is better than all the other methods. There’s never been a tournament where you have five different platforms that you can access tickets.”
Bafana will play their opening game against Cape Verde at the National Stadium.
The tournament is between 19 January and 10 February.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)