Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: Capacity Crowd to Watch Grand Finale

Johannesburg — A capacity crowd is expected to throng 94, 736 capacity Soccer City Stadium, also known as FBN Stadium in Soweto, South Africa tomorrow to watch the Super Eagles trade tackle with Burkina Faso in the final of the 19th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) says nearly all the tickets available for the epic duel have been sold out.

CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani confirmed that just over 10, 000 tickets for the final match between the two West African countries are left to be bought, as at Thursday night.

The revelation allays fears that South African soccer fans would stay away from the final as a result of the elimination of the Bafana Bafana from the football event at the quarterfinal stage.

Meanwhile, Stadium Management South Africa has also assured fans that the Soccer City pitch will be up to standard.

Concerns were raised after the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert which took place at the venue last Saturday, but CEO Jacques Grobbelaar is quoted in The Sowetan as saying everything will be fine.

"We did a pitch review on Tuesday and opened the stadium to the members of the media. We are 100 per cent comfortable the pitch conforms to FIFA regulations. I still believe it's one of the better pitches in the country at the moment."

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