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Afcon organisers sell Africa Cup of Nations Rustenburg tickets in Botswana

Posted: 17 January 2013 Time: 08:02

In a last gasp effort to improve slow Africa Cup of Nations Group D ticket sales, organisers in Rustenburg are now targeting supporters in Botswana who regularly cross the border to visit the North West Province.

The Afcon Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Rustenburg – which has joined forces with the North West Department of Sport, Arts and Culture – will today start selling tickets for the tournament in Gaborone. 

The LOC has expressed concern at the slow rate of ticket sales in Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth and, by venturing into Botswana, the organisers hope to push up the attendance figures of the Group D matches that will be played at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

Stands where tickets will be sold have been set up at the Rail Park Mall in Gaborone. Fans can also buy their tickets at post offices in Gaborone.   

Radio stations in Botswana will also be carrying the message of Afcon ticket sales as a way of marketing the matches that will be played in Rustenburg.

Although Group D is made up of tournament favourites Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Togo and Algeria, football fans have not been too eager to snap up tickets for the potentially exciting matches.

However, North West MEC for sport, arts and culture Tebogo Modise believes venturing into Botswana will beef up attendance figures during the matches.

“People from Botswana are well known for their love of football,” says Modise in a statement.

“This is their tournament as well, so we want to see them here in their thousands. It makes sense for us because they are in our province every day.

“Many parts of Botswana are literally down the road from us, so they can access the games with ease,” Modise adds.

Previous comments on this story...

East Rand
posted: 08:21 am
This Afcon tournament is just a Joke...mxmmmm!!!!

Miss editor please update us on The Mighty Buccanneers

I thank you in advance
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 08:33 am
Snyman(You know who you are) ! We DEMAND updates on OPFC Champ!!
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 08:35 am
*camp * eeish im soooo used to write Champs next to OPFC
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 08:36 am
Who in his right mind will support the tournament that his country failed to qualify for? The Batswana have more pressing issues like getting rid of all the failures that have regreesed the gains that their football had in the past few years.

On ly in SA where you find people celebrating Q1, full stadia in only one game, draw against Algeria, scared of CV & believe that a victory against minnors will be an achievement.

Still Patriotic though. Foward will Gordons mediocrity foward!
Piratesmy religion
posted: 08:38 am
we told you to bring games in polokwane but you wouldn't listen. nxa! look now.
Piratesmy religion
posted: 08:39 am
NW has never been a place for people with passion for soccer but for war....when zebras and other team play at Potolokwane, thae stadium gets filled top the rafters but look now. even the derby cannot attract 50 000 people
posted: 08:42 am
this AFCON is going to be a shame with no fans and bafana bachips getting knocked out early
posted: 08:44 am
Clock is ticking, 2 days before another embarrassment .

A Sangoma saw darkness

A prophet saw darkness

Even Abafundisi on Khozi are not sure

So to those who are patriotic, do so at your own health risk. We cannot rely on Phala,Shabba,Parker, never.
posted: 08:49 am
Why did you choose Rustenburg over Polokwane, I hope to see empty stands. You know very well that people there don't love soccer but still you put it in their face. Go to hell.
posted: 08:54 am
King who can we rely on? Jali? Macfatty? Who Mabena? Who dude. Stop posting just becoz you own a smart phone. Stop being a sisi. Can we rely on Sbongile the golden arrows player? lmao.
posted: 09:02 am
@ Mgugudi: The Treble Addict

It will be a nice outing for people who get ‘complementary tickets as per ticket structure’ I learned about yesterday. We loyal soccer supporters must just welcome those and create an atmosphere which will persuade them to attend ordinary PSL games in future. Businesses only give their staff ‘complementary tickets’ when we have the so called high profile games and expect us to celebrate ‘sold out games’. Like you put it yesterday, let us just go out there and be patriotic.
posted: 09:02 am
SOCCERKING: ungazozenza i dimoni elinga gezi wena ndunu, people will laugh at you mawuzenza intshishi.

the whole planning phase is a joke, first the coach is wrong, the mandate is wrong n not realistic, the players selected dont deserve to be there, there is no system and no cohesion.

This teams has no match winners yet they their team dynamics are in question. Dont make this about Pirates players because i can give a list of players who not playing for Pirates but where suppose to be selected. Being narrow minded is not an achievement but a curse, so please u need see isangoma se gay to help you.
posted: 09:13 am
You wer suppose 2bring games Polokwane dis...hahahahah
posted: 09:14 am
Shame on called ...Afcon organisers.....
posted: 09:14 am
yabo yes gud luck jents bafana!
posted: 09:38 am
Bring the Tickets @ least re tla itebella Ivory Coast. We as Batswana we love Football nor matter we a in or not. For the love of the game
9000 Seconds (Precision Engineering)
posted: 10:14 am
this Botswana team was molested in the afcon, yhoooooooo! And ever since, they have shut up. It was very noisy, noisy neighbours.
posted: 11:50 am
9000 second, yes we were humiliated, but to us it was a learning curve. why do u matransafala like criticising Botswana while u no very well u got ur freedom because of our help. u shud be ashamed of urselfs, instead of working together for the growth and developmnt of our countries u a busy be-littling us. Any way i dont blame u, u illitracy is the cause.
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