FOOTBALL fans from the rest of Africa account for only two percent of tickets sold at the first World Cup on the African continent, a research study showed yesterday.
The study published by Grant Thornton international business consultants, shows only 11 300 instead of 48 145 Africans outside host nation South Africa, have bought tickets to the World Cup.
Around 200000 foreign football fans expected are to make the trip.
Two factors mitigate against more Africans attending the World Cup.
First, Africans are not entitled to cheap category four tickets. These tickets, which begin at 20 dollars for a group game, excluding the opening game between South Africa and Mexico on June 11, are available only to South African residents.
Secondly, the only way most fans outside South Africa can obtain tickets is by purchasing tickets by credit card over the Internet. Yet, most Africans have no Internet access or credit cards.
African journalists complained loudly to Fifa about the ticket cost and buying process when they toured World Cup stadia in March. - Sapa-DPA