JACOB "Baby Jake" Matlala, a four-time world champion in various weight divisions, has added his voice to calls for South Africans to apply for tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Boxer Matlala, an avid soccer follower, said it would be embarrassing for the 10 World Cup match venues to be packed with people from other countries.
"It is good that Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have decided to meet and come up with simpler methods of ensuring our people access the World Cup tickets," he said.
"One of the methods is to sell the tickets over the counter, starting in April. I think we should have started with this method a long time ago.
"The third phase of World Cup ticket sales will close on Friday. It is important for us as South Africans to show the world that we are passionate about the beautiful game.
'The only way for us to do that is to buy tickets and go out to the 10 match venues and fill them. This will also enhance Africa's chances of hosting the Olympics.
"I support the call by LOC chairperson Irvin Khoza to embrace the World Cup. I've been mobilising friends and relatives to support Football Friday by wearing Bafana Bafana's jersey."
Matlala will soon train Johannesburg Metro police ahead of the World Cup to improve their fitness levels.
"It is disappointing to hear Dr Khoza and his colleagues saying the Bafana Bafana ticket sales are low. We really need to change our attitude towards Bafana Bafana," he said.
"Look at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the tournament is getting more exciting now that the host team has qualified for the knockout stages.
"Some of us are hopeful that Bafana Bafana will also make us proud during the World Cup."