13 January 2013

South Africa: Excitement Builds Up As Orange Afcon 2013 Tickets Fast Selling Out

Photo: Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix
May Mahlangu of South Africa scores one of the goals which took the host team through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 is only 6 days away and public interest has soared leading to a total sell-out of Category 1 and Category 2 tickets for the Opening Games on 19 January 2013 which kick off at the National Stadium in Johannesburg. Group A double-header clash led by the host nation, South Africa and tournament debutants, Cape Verde Islands, followed by Angola and Morocco will set the mood of the tournament.

The Categories 1 and 2 tickets represent the high end of tickets available to fans. To date 359 543 tickets have been sold or allocated, which represents about 42% of the total capacity of the stadia. CAF and the LOC remain optimistic that the numbers will continue to increase, with a specific focus made on matches of Group B in Port-Elisabeth and of Group D in Rustenburg, both having the lowest figures of tickets sold so far.

"We are happy with this development because it shows a marked change in South African spectator behavior where usually the cheapest category tickets are sold out first," said the LOC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mvuzo Mbebe. "This seems to suggest that with the week on its final stretch before the start of the biggest sporting showpiece in the continent Category 3 tickets will sell even faster than they have today as soon as we announce a comprehensive fan transport solution to and from the stadiums".

The LOC is still hoping to reach the ticket sales target of 500 000 by the start of the tournament in Johannesburg even if this will not be easy. But a relief to most fans is that it is now possible to buy and receive tickets immediately. Fans are spoilt for choice of the tickets they can purchase. For those fans who want to take advantage of the two packages that have on sale already to the public which have tantalizing discounts that range from a discount 10% to 15% until today 13 January.

The packages are as follows:

Buy Your Stadium Package (Group Matches):




Mbombela Stadium




Moses Mabhida Stadium




Nelson Mandela Stadium




Royal Bafokeng Stadium




Follow Your Team Package (Group Matches)




Buy Your Stadium Package. This package allows fans to watch all group stage matches regardless of the team they support.

Follow Your Team Package. This package allowing fans to watch only their favourite team matches throughout the group stage.

But fans will have to be fast to enjoy these special packages, which end today, 13 January at all selling points countrywide.

Packages and normal tickets are still available at the following outlets:

Selected Spar and SuperSpar Stores, through Tele Sales (087 980 3000), Online (www.eqtickets.com ), Ticket Offices (at all AFCON 2013 Match Stadiums) and via email on afcon2013bookings@eqtickets.com.

Tickets are also available at eQtickets Concept Stores in the host cities including Jabulani Mall in Soweto, Mbombela at Kwanyamazane Plaza and Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

For further information, contact:

Sipho Sithole

Chief Communications Officer

Local Organising Committee

Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013

sipho@iafrica.com or sipho.sithole@2013oc.com

Mobile: +2783 299 5550

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