18 January 2013 by Denise Slabbert

AFCON (for dummies)

The excitement around the Africa Cup of Nations is building. Here’s part one of a quick guide to transport, stadiums and matches to make your experience a happy one. Here’s to the beautiful game.

Soccer fans will once again unite for AFCON 2013

This weekend the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament kicks off at the distinctive calabash-shaped National Stadium in Soweto, with an opening ceremony on Saturday evening, 19 January, followed by double header of games between the host country, South Africa, and Cape Verde, and Angola and Morocco. This venue will also be the location of the closing ceremony on 10 February.

Here's the lowdown on what to expect, and some interesting info on how it all works:

The National Stadium in Soweto The National Stadium in Soweto

For fans planning to attend the event, park-and-ride/walk facilities will be available at the Aeroton Cemetery, Constitution Hill, Westgate and Shareworld. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will provide trains for fans from Johannesburg, Soweto, Vereeniging and Pretoria to the nearby Nasrec station, at no charge.

Over the course of the tournament, four other venues will also be utilised: the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit (Mbombela), and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. All stadiums were built or upgraded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

At each venue, traffic and security arrangements will be priorities, while emergency personnel will be on standby.

Rail travel
Prasa has concluded an agreement with the Confederation of African Football and the local organising committee to provide free train services within metropolitan cities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal for fans with valid match tickets, as well as for journalists and other officials carrying accreditation. KwaZulu-Natal fans will be transported from surrounding townships such as Umlazi and KwaMashu directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Servicing the Eastern Cape are intercity bus services, and tickets can be purchased at Computicket, at Translux sales offices countrywide, or on the Translux website: www.translux.co.za.

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Soccer fans will be ready to fly the flag of their chosen team during AFCON. Soccer fans will be ready to fly the flag of their chosen team during AFCON.

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