Bafana friendly tickets selling slowly

The City of Cape Town may not be able to fill up the stadium for the Bafana and Norway game.

The Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Only 8, 000 tickets have been sold for next week's friendly between Bafana Bafana and Norway at the Cape Town stadium.

The City of Cape Town says it is hoping to fill 40, 000 seats.

The match is a consolation for the Mother City, as it will not be hosting any African Cup of Nations (Afcon) games due to funding concerns raised by the South African Football Association (Safa) and the municipality.

The city's Anton Groenewald on Thursday said about the Afcon games: "We had placed a number of conditions on the table before we could sign and those conditions were not met and our council decided not to participate based on those basis. There are no regrets. In all sorts of major events there are winners and losers."

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said it is unfortunate.

"Cape Town is a fantastic city and it's one of the best cities in the world in my experience. We would have loved to play down here because the crowds are very fanatical."

Afcon kicks off on 19 January in Johannesburg.

The hosts will play Cape Verde.