Slows ticket sales for Ghana's matches at 2013 AFCON

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South Africa football authorities are planning a publicity blitz from Wednesday to boost ticket sales for matches involving Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The public awareness campaign by the Local Organising Committee in all host cities is a last minute attempt to accelerate ticket sales.
With just 11 days to go before the start of the tournament, organisers of the event are particularly worried about the slow rate of ticket sales in Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth where the Black Stars will play all their group matches.
Port Elizabeth will host Group B, which is made up of Mali, Niger, DR Congo and Ghana, while Rustenburg will host Group D teams Ivory Coast, Togo, Tunisia and Algeria.
But the likes of Ivory Coast and Ghana, traditional giants in African football, are failing to lure fans to the stadiums.
“Over 300,000 tickets have been distributed for the tournament which includes those taken by the host cities for distribution,” LOC spokesperson Sipho Sithole tells KickOff.com.
“Direct sales to the public are lower than expected but should pick up soon in Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth.”
While Sithole says “there is no direct answer to the cause” of the slow rate of ticket sales, the LOC hopes their planned public awareness drive will attract more people to the stadiums.
“The host cities, working with the LOC, Sport and Recreation, Brand SA, GCIS and CAF social partners will be implementing a massive public awareness programme starting from 8 January at all the host cities to drive ticket sales,” Sithole says.
“Zambia, Angola, Algeria and Morocco have arrived [in South Africa]. With the arrival of these teams, the vibe is beginning to pick up,” Sithole insists.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Fu-Chu says:

    2010 World Cup is in the past. Folks don’t see the Black Stars as an exciting draw anymore. In addition, the current crop of players do not exhibit the publicity that the likes of Appiah, Muntari, Essien, etc. did.

  2. Chu says:

    Funs baséd here know there’s the tendency of the tram exitin the tournament earlier, so why waste time and money.

  3. koff says:

    the reason for slow sales of tickets is not absolutely about the publicity of players to some extend. it ss due to poor marketing and where ghana is based. Ghana’s strongest support base is in Gauteng ie `Pretoria and Johannesburg.

    • anokwale says:

      You are correct. Pretoria and Johannesburg are where the Ghanaian population really is. Moreover, Ghanaians are still not used to the culture of going to the stadium to watch a game. I read earlier that they are focusing on giving school children and teenagers free tickets so they can fill the stadiums.

  4. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    WRONG. BLAME DAT CAMEROONIAN DINOSAUR HAYATOU N HIS PRIMITIVE METHODS. EVEN WHEN THE WINDS BLOW, TREES BEND THEIR HEADS. MONEY TALKS! SOUTH AMERICA HAS REALISED THIS N HVE CHANGED THEIR COPA CALENDAR TO SUIT THE START OF THE EURO LEAGUES. WAT IS CAF DOING? INSTEAD OF AFRICANS, CLUBS LIKE LIVERPOOL, MAN U, REAL MADRID, BARCA, BAYERN ARE ALL SIGNING SOUTH AMERICAN PLAYERS. CAF MUST GROW UP. SOON, ALL OF AFRICA’S FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS WILL CONCOCT A REASON LIKE DEDE JUS DID TO NOT PLAY IN THE AFCON TOURNAMNT. IF IT COINCIDES WITH THE EURO CALENDAR N THE EURO CLUB PAYS MY BILLS. GUESS WAT?…. WAT WILL YOU DO? LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS MISSING FROM THIS AFCON…ADEBAYOR, ESSIEN, ODEM, DEDE, KP BOATENG, CAMEROONIAN PLAYERS (DONT BE FOOLED. CAMEROUN PURPOSELY DIDNT QUALIFY BCOS ALL THEIR PLAYERS PREFER TO PLAY OVERSEAS AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME), AMEOBI ETC….WHO WANTS TO PAY TO COME N WATCH NOBODIES(UNHEARD OF PLAYERS) THIS IS NOT 1982….LOL
    MBIR DANI A NA WO SO WA DANI…WHEN TIMES CHANGE, U TOO MUST CHANGE….

  5. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    WRONG. BLAME DAT CAMEROONIAN DINOSAUR HAYATOU N HIS PRIMITIVE METHODS. EVEN WHEN THE WINDS BLOW, TREES BEND THEIR HEADS. MONEY TALKS! SOUTH AMERICA HAS REALISED THIS N HVE CHANGED THEIR COPA CALENDAR TO SUIT THE START OF THE EURO LEAGUES. WAT IS CAF DOING? INSTEAD OF AFRICANS, CLUBS LIKE LIVERPOOL, MAN U, REAL MADRID, BARCA, BAYERN ARE ALL SIGNING SOUTH AMERICAN PLAYERS. CAF MUST GROW UP. SOON, ALL OF AFRICA’S FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS WILL CONCOCT A REASON LIKE DEDE JUS DID TO NOT PLAY IN THE AFCON TOURNAMNT. IF IT COINCIDES WITH THE EURO CALENDAR N THE EURO CLUB PAYS MY BILLS. GUESS WAT?…. WAT WILL YOU DO? LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS MISSING FROM THIS AFCON…ADEBAYOR, ESSIEN, ODEM, DEDE, KP BOATENG, CAMEROONIAN PLAYERS (DONT BE FOOLED. CAMEROUN PURPOSELY DIDNT QUALIFY BCOS ALL THEIR PLAYERS PREFER TO PLAY OVERSEAS AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME), AMEOBI ETC….WHO WANTS TO PAY TO COME N WATCH NOBODIES(UNHEARD OF PLAYERS) THIS IS NOT 1982….LOL
    MBIR DANI A NA WO SO WA DANI…WHEN TIMES CHANGE, U TOO MUST CHANGE….HAYATOU IS WEARING A WIFE BEATER IN THE WINTER TIME. IDIOT!