Today marks exactly 98 days to the kickoff of 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations in the city of Port Elizabeth.
The city’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host some of the matches for Africa’s biggest soccer showpiece. The tournament will run from January 19 to February 10.
The Bay metro launched its “100 Days to Go” campaign at Zwide Stadium in KwaZakhele township. The launch was attended by sports MEC Xoliswa Tom, mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and chief operating officer of Orange Africa Cup of Nations Andrew Dipela.
Babalwa Lobishe, recreational services standing committee chairperson at the metro, promised that the municipality would ensure the safety of players and fans.
“Nelson Mandela Bay has proven without a doubt that it is a sporting city and more specifically soccer-crazy. We are overjoyed to be a host city and we’ll do our utmost to deliver on this important mandate for our country.
“Spread the word that we are going to host Africa and go to the outlets to buy tickets,” Lobishe said.
Tom told the stadium crowd that she was confident Nelson Mandela Bay was ready to host its eight allocated matches.
The matches include six group stage matches, a quarter final and a third place match.
“It is now the responsibility of provincial government to make sure that young people and people in the rural areas also share in the experience of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations,” she said.
Tom encouraged teachers to get their pupils to do
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