Durban crowd will be Bafana’s 12th man
Tomorrow’s Afcon match between Bafana Bafana and Angola at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban looks like it might be a sell-out, according to Vusi Mazibuko of the 2013 Afcon Project Office in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mazibuko said there were fewer than 1 000 general tickets available for the match which promises to be a nail-biter.
Last night eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo tweeted to his followers: “Come in numbers… let’s buy tickets and support Bafana Bafana in our beautiful Moses Mabhida stadium.”
Police have promised to be out in force saying they will be adopting a “zero tolerance” attitude to those who break the law.
And, unlike the opening match in Joburg between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde, where fans braved cold and rain, tomorrow’s weather will be good, said South African Weather Service forecaster Stacy Colborne.
Temperatures will be mild and no rain is expected.
Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said those attending the game would be searched and scanners would be used to find dangerous and illegal “materials”.
The South African National Defence Force, Durban’s metro police and the Road Traffic Inspectorate would work with police to ensure every aspect of public safety was covered.
However, one keen ticket buyer said he didn’t feel as upbeat as those in charge of public relations.
The Durban attorney said he was not surprised there were empty seats as it was impossible to make block bookings. “I wanted to buy tickets for the Morocco game and give them to a group of disadvantaged persons who are soccer crazy.”
He said he went online and phoned the ticket office at Moses Mabhida but was told he could only buy six. He also wrote to eQtickets, but said he received no response.
LOC spokesman Sipho Sithole said it was not possible to buy 50 tickets over the counter.
“The maximum is six. He can call the call centre,” he said.