SA ticket sales lag

THE 2010 World Cup Committee has made repeated appeals to locals to buy tickets, fearing that residents will be outnumbered by foreign fans.

THE 2010 World Cup Committee has made repeated appeals to locals to buy tickets, fearing that residents will be outnumbered by foreign fans.

South Africans have bought just over half of the 674403 tickets sold in the first two phases of sales. The third phase opened on Saturday with 21962 applications made. Tickets are being sold over the Internet.

In South Africa, they are also being sold at local bank branches.

Prices range from $20 (R149) to $900 (R6700), much more than locals are used to paying to watch domestic football.

Applications for tickets have surged after the draw for next year's event, with almost 222000 made in the 48 hours since the last phase of sales opened, Fifa said this week.

About one million tickets were made available in the latest phase.

Fifa said there had been a sudden rise in applications after the draw.

Ticket applications can be made until January 22, after which a lottery will decide who succeeds . - Reuters

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