confed ticket sales slowing

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ticket sales for the Confederations Cup dropped in December and January, but the Local Organising Committee is hopeful the situation will improve soon.

Danny Jordaan, the LOC's chief executive, said they were expecting tickets to sell like hot cakes as from the end of this month.

"The initial response on November 23 when tickets went on sale was incredible, but the sales dropped a bit in December and January," Jordaan said.

"I think that was not unexpected at all, as people spent their monies elsewhere during the festive season holidays.

"We expect thousands of people to apply for the tickets as from the end of this month, sales will definitely improve in the build-up to the tournament.

"We are still making an appeal to our people to go out there and apply for tickets, the Confederations Cup is one of the greatest sports competitions on earth.

"Our people must also stop waiting for the last minute to buy tickets, as has been happening with our local games.

"South Africa is now part of the global world, people buy tickets well in advance knowing very well that their seats are secured."

Jordaan has also urged South Africans to go out in big numbers and buy the 2010 World Cup tickets, which go on sale globally today.

l Free State youngster Thabo Ramabele has won two prized Confederations Cup tickets.

He will be joined by his sister Keke Makhele for the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Iraq at Ellis Park Stadium on June 14.

Ramabele, 17, was presented with a certificate for the two category-one tickets yesterday morning by Fifa at the upgraded Soccer City.

Category-one tickets are the most expensive ones for the "Festival of Champions", with each one costing R3150.

"This is incredible and I feel great that I will be back in Johannesburg for the opening match," said Ramabele, who was accompanied by his mother Maroetsana.

"There is no soccer player who would not want to be part of a tournament where the greatest players of the world will be on display."

"I entered a competition and I feel great that I won," said Ramebele, who recently joined Blue Birds senior team from Portugal development side.