AFCON (for dummies): Part II
Okay, so the first 'AFCON (for dummies)' piece gave you the lowdown on stadiums and transport. This blog carries some valuable information on the teams, ticket sales, public viewing, and where to go for more info.
Besides South Africa, the 15 teams participating in AFCON are: Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia.
The teams will play in four groups:
- Group A: South Africa; Cape Verde; Angola; Morocco
- Group B: Ghana; Mali; Niger; Democratic Republic of Congo
- Group C: Zambia; Nigeria; Burkina Faso; Ethiopia
- Group D: Tunisia; Algeria; Togo; Côte d'Ivoire
Tickets for the matches are available in three categories, with premier seats offered in Category 1 (closer to the pitch). Reasonably priced from below R100 to a little over R200, tickets are available from selected Spar and SuperSpar stores; through telesales (+27 (0)87 980 3000); online (www.eqtickets.com); and at ticket offices at all AFCON match stadiums. For information and ticket queries, email email@example.com.
Tickets are also available at eQtickets Concept Stores in the host cities, including Jabulani Mall in Soweto (Johannesburg), Kwanyamazane Plaza at Mbombela (Neslpruit), and Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton (Johannesburg). The Department of Home Affairs has assigned extra staff to the country’s access points, expecting some 40 000 soccer fans in the country over the course of the tournament.
In Gauteng, there will be public viewing areas operating throughout the tournament in various locations in Orange Farm, Ivory Park, Diepkloof and Diepsloot (all set up by the City of Jo'burg. Click here for more information). There will also be public viewing venues in Sedibeng, Tshwane and Merafong. The South African Broadcasting Corporation also has television broadcasting rights.
Pre- and post-match fun
There are loads of opportunities for visitors to enjoy the major attractions in host cities. Visit the funky pubs and restaurants of Soweto, the gorgeous beaches of Nelson Mandela Bay, and the fun nightlife of Florida Road in Durban. Here's to the beautiful game!
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