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Nigeria/Zambia: SA 2013 - Zambia Plots 20,000 Supporters Against Eagles

The Zambia Football Federation is to purchase 20,000 tickets for the match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation's (AFCON) in South Africa.

Zambia and Nigeria are to play in Group C at Mbombela Stadium. Committee (LOC), Sipho Sithole, confirmed to NAN in Johannesburg Thursday that Zambia had requested for the tickets.

"I must tell you that Zambia Football Federation have asked us that they want 20,000 tickets for their match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

"But the federation is also purchasing that volume of tickets for every match that they will be playing," Sithole said.

He said that with only few days left for the 50,000 tickets target for end of November, the LOC was still confident of attaining it.

"Our target for end of November is 10 percent of the 500, 000 tickets. We are approaching 45 000 now. So, it is not looking that bad," Sithole said. He said that approximately 45,000 tickets sold to date were tickets bought by individuals.

"We still have tickets that have been requested by the 16 participating countries that are purchasing a minimum of 2,000 tickets each. "So, you can see that we are going to get that target," Sithole said.

He said that for the opening and closing matches of the tournament which would be played at the 94-000-seater FNB Stadium, at least 150,000 tickets would be sold.

"So, it is not an unachievable target for us," Sithole said.

South Africa is hosting the continental tournament between Jan. 19 and Feb. 10 in five centres.

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