Bafana to be welcomed by sold-out France crowd

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There won't be an empty seat in the ground when Bafana Bafana meet France at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Stadium after tickets were sold out within days of the fixture date being confirmed.

Bafana Bafana are set to be welcomed by 50 000 spectators when they travel to Lille on 29 March after the French Football Federation confirmed tickets for a seat at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Stadium had been sold out.

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This comes after French head coach Didier Deschamps named a star-studded squad on Thursday, which includes the likes of Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba and a number of other household names.

The encounter between Hugo Broos' side and the reigning champions at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Stadium which boasts an official capacity of 50 186 will come just four days after South Africa meet Guinea in Belgium, with the tour being Bafana Bafana's first trip to Europe since 2012.

France, meanwhile, will play Ivory Coast in their opening match of the international break, with French publication L'Equipe reporting that tickets for the clash between Les Bleus and Cote d'Ivoire have not sold as well as the match against South Africa.

Bafana Bafana famously met the European giants at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on home soil, where goals from Bongani Khumalo and Katlego Mphela earned the host nation a historic 2-1 victory, albeit not enough to secure progression in the competition.