Renowned soccer administrator Kaizer Motaung has joined the chorus of leaders urging South Africans to buy tickets for this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.
Motaung said South Africans must start applying for the tickets for the two competitions to avoid missing out on this historic occasion.
Besides being the chairperson of Kaizer Chiefs and of the Premier Soccer League finance committee, Motaung is also a board member of the Local Organising Committee.
Tickets for the Confederations Cup and World Cup are on sale through First National Bank branches and the Fifa website, www.fifa.com.
"I would like to advise our supporters to secure their Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup tickets early to avoid disappointment during these competitions," said Motaung.
"It would indeed be tragic if our supporters were to miss such historic events whilst other nations take advantage of the sporting nature and camaraderie of the proceedings inside our stadiums.
"We should begin at the Confederations Cup as a dress rehearsal to show our patriotism and love of our football so that by the time 2010 arrives, we shall have gained experience and a feel for true international competition.
"Besides, it is only logical to avoid falling victim of potentially unscrupulous schemes that may acquire tickets in large quantities and then re-sell at exorbitant prices, something that is often a blemish during these kinds of events," Motaung said.
The LOC announced this week that more than 300 000 online ticket applications for the World Cup were received within the first 48 hours of the opening of ticket sales.
The first of five phased ticket sales is on until March 31, with the applicants having equal opportunity to get tickets as the random draw will take place on April 15 to determine who gets tickets to oversubscribed games.
Other LOC board members who have publicly urged South Africans to apply for the tickets include chairman Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan.