Prices upset fans

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The cheapest ticket on offer during the tournament will cost just above USD10 (R65) with the most expensive going for just above USD200 (R1300).

And for fans who have been used to paying around USD5 (R32) for games, the prices for the Nations Cup is a bit steep.

Aziz Haruna, general coordinator of the Nationwide Supporters Union told Kick Off the prices will scare fans away from the games.

“We have been used to paying far less to watch games here so it will definitely problem,” he says. ”We might all scrape and pay to see Ghana games, but I dread what will happen when the Black Stars are not playing.”

The Local Organizing Committee has insisted the ticket prices are realistic given the high-profile nature of the competition, but it has not stopped the debate from raging on.

It even took a political twist with the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress getting involved.

“We need patronage, we don’t want empty stands,” he told a local newspaper. “It will be a waste of funds to build those stadiums without being able to fill them.”

There are fears that Tamale in particular, where South Africa will be based, will be hardest hit by the high prices given the region’s low spending power.

By Michael Oti Adjei in Accra

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