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Stadiums may be empty after Bafana exit

Authorities say it will be harder to fill up the stadiums after Bafana were knocked out of Chan 2014.

FILE: Authorities say it will be harder to fill up the stadiums after Bafana were knocked out of Chan 2014. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it will be difficult to pull in the crowds after Bafana Bafana crashed out of the African Nations Championship Chan 2014.

The host nation was knocked out of the competition on Sunday night after they lost 3-1 to Nigeria.

Some supporters took to social networks to voice their opinions on the matter.

For the past decade or so our soccer has been spiraling down to God knows where. Me I'm tired of the disappointments.

Only good thing about Bafana Bafana is that they are consistent

Bafana Bafana is like ANC - Poor service delivery as usual & fail to achieve any goals! Boo Bafana Bafana boo!

The city's Grant Pascoe says they will struggle to fill up the stadiums.

"We were always hoping Bafana would do well. Being the host nation it's always great to have them in and that ensure good crowds at the matches. I think we are going to have a bit of a challenge with numbers coming into the stadium."

However, he says the tournament must go on.

"We are just going to continue working with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to market the game and see how we can bring out support for the continuation of this tournament."

Meanwhile, Pascoe says the Cape Town Stadium is available for any competition that helps sustain it.

"We will go for any tournament of this magnitude and get it in there. Obviously, we can't do anything about the football; that's up to the players and the South African Football Association (Safa) to improve on that. Our job is to ensure that this asset that we have is financially sustainable going into the future."