Eastern Cape fans get a feel for World Cup

BIG SHOTS: Kaizer Chiefs' manager Bobby Motaung, left, Nelson Mandela National Museum chief executive Khwezi Mpumlwana, Pucto Mafani and Bloemfontein Celtic's Kumbulani Konco at the launch of the new soccer challenge. Pic. Ramatsiyi Moholoa. 01/03/2007. © Sowetan.
BIG SHOTS: Kaizer Chiefs' manager Bobby Motaung, left, Nelson Mandela National Museum chief executive Khwezi Mpumlwana, Pucto Mafani and Bloemfontein Celtic's Kumbulani Konco at the launch of the new soccer challenge. Pic. Ramatsiyi Moholoa. 01/03/2007. © Sowetan.

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Eastern Cape officials will use the match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic on March 25 to familiarise supporters with seating arrangements for the 2010 World Cup.

The two meet in the Nelson Mandela Museum Challenge in Port Elizabeth. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Putco Mafani, spokesman for the organisers, said colour-coded ticketing system will be used.

"We want our people to start getting used to the requirements of the 2010 World Cup. It's great to get Chiefs and Celtic because they command a huge following."

Kumbulani Konco, Celtic's general manager, said: "We will be going to Port Elizabeth on a two-pronged mission: win the match and recruit more supporters in that province. It is a great honour for us to be part of the match where we honour Madiba."

Bobby Motaung, Chiefs' general manager, said: "The quality of soccer in the PSL is improving tremendously lately. We have great support in the Eastern Cape. The same applies to Free State where we are aware of the trick where people are given free soccer jerseys.

"Tigers don't cry, Madiba is an icon and we are excited to be part of the challenge. We promise our supporters we'll win it for them."

Khwezi Mpumlwana, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela National Museum, is hoping for a big crowd.

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