Afcon ticket sales improve

More football fans are snatching up Afcon tickets with nine days to go before the start of the competition.

Bafana Bafana fans counting down the days to the 2013 Afcon tournament on 9 January 2013. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Thursday said just over 341,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament.

The competition begins on 19 January.

The organisers aimed to sell 500,000 tickets for the tournament.

LOC Chief Executive Mvuzo Mbebe said tickets sales have improved in the past few weeks but there is still room for improvement.

"I think we can do better. I'll keep saying that until we have a sold out sign because we need to ensure that all the stadiums are filled."

Mbebe said it is up to the fans to snap up the available tickets.

"This week tickets sales shot up. It's the South African norm of waiting until the last minute. We urge people to buy tickets this weekend. They should not wait until the day before the first game."

Libya was meant to host the tournament but due to the political instability in that country, South Africa had to take over.

The host, Bafana Bafana, will play Cape Verde in their opening game at the National Stadium.

On Wednesday, hundreds of fans have gathered in Sandton outside the Nelson Mandela Square for the official 10-day countdown to the Afcon.

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula urged Bafana to make the country proud.