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Bad pitch, 'scandalous' ticket sales take shine off AFCON

Work has intensified over the National Stadium damaged pitch for Saturday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations opening as officials lamented “scandalous” ticket sales.

South Africa President Zuma with Bafana skipper Khumalo

Work has intensified over the National Stadium damaged pitch for Saturday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations opening as officials lamented “scandalous” ticket sales. 

The pitch, which three years ago staged the final of the World Cup, was damaged recently during a Lady Gaga musical concert and eversince the authorities have been working round the clock to ensure it is back in a condition befitting of the opening day of action.

There are still some bad patches around the pitch as workers continue to try to improve the facility.

On Saturday, hosts South Africa take on debutants Cape Verde, while Angola and Morocco will do battle in the other match in Group A.

The pitch has been relaid and top stadium management official Jacques Grobelaar has assured all hands are on deck to ensure a befitting opening day for the AFCON.

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” simply declared Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau.

However, ticket sales have not gone as smoothly as was hoped with South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula labelling the whole process “scandalous” and “complicated”.

However, LOC chief executive Mvubo Mbebe blamed budgetary constraints and the short time to market the tournament.

“We do not have the time and resources at our disposal. If we had time, we would have done things differently,” Mbebe said.

Source: MTNFootball.com

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Papa says:

    Even before the friendly game between Bafana bafana and Chipolopolo there was a musical concert and the pitch was seriously damaged. There were assurances by the stadium management that the stadium would be okay, but on the day of the game the pitch was in a sorry state and it took a while for it to recover. I do not foresee a change for the opening day.

  2. Nart says:

    Such things must stop. The same thing happened to Baba Yara stadium after NDC had their campaign on the pitch.

  3. OBED- SUNCITY, GH says:

    what sort of nonsense is this. i was particularly happy when the tournament was moved from libya to S.a because i felt thought they could at least provide good stadiums and pitches. the stadiums in gabon and equatorial guinnea took the shine off the Can 2012. we cant afford another. mtcheeee. lady Gaga my foot.

  4. african says:

    U GHANHAS ARE FOOLS OUR WORST STAMDIUM CAN NOT B COMPARED TO YOU BEST STADIUM EVEN IF WE GIVE 20YRS TO IMPROVE WHILE WE DO NOTHING TO OURS U FOOLS