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.