Speaking in Johannesburg, officials of the organizing committee of the tournament currently holding in South Africa from January 19 to February 10 said that they have 19, 000 vacant seats available for one of the semis in Durban next Wednesday to feature the winners of the South Africa vs Mali semifinals on Saturday.
According to them there are still 24, 000 seats available for the other semifinal match to be played in the 43, 0000-capacity stadium in Nelspruit.
Meanwhile, they said tickets to the final in Johannesburg on 10 February have been sold, with only 6,000 tickets available.
Before the start of the tournament, local organisers had assured the Confederation of African Football that the 2013 edition could be relied on for “full stadiums, full stadiums, full stadiums”.
Mvuso Mbebe, the chief executive of the Local Organising Committee, said the unsold tickets was a cause for concern to them and appealed to the South African public to come out in their numbers and grace the tournament.
“It should be immaterial which teams are playing. We’ve got great stars participating in the tournament which has witnessed some great football. South Africans and others owe it to the continent to ensure the stadiums are full to capacity” he added.
Mbebe said to reverse the situation, they have stepped up their advertising campaigns in Port Elizabeth and are expecting that a system where the complimentary tickets will only be handed out once people have arrived at the bus or train stations.
Ghana will meet Cape Verde in one of two quarterfinal matches in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The other match will feature hosts South Africa against Mali later.
Favourites Ivory Coast will play Nigeria, with Burkina Faso are set to meet Togo in the second round of quarterfinal matches on Sunday.