400 000 tickets up for grabs

THE 2010 Fifa World Cup's fourth phase ticket sales gets under way tomorrow, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison after 27 years.

THE 2010 Fifa World Cup's fourth phase ticket sales gets under way tomorrow, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison after 27 years.

Fifa announced at the weekend that 400000 tickets would be on sale, which is one of the last chances for fans to make sure that they do not miss out on this historic soccer spectacle.

Applications can be made via www.fifa.com/2010 for global supporters, while South Africans without Internet access or credit cards can apply through FNB branches.

The third ticket sales phase for the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa ended on Friday with a total of 1206865 tickets having been requested from 192 countries. Of this total, 585175 tickets were drawn successfully, and 413072 (70,6percent) of those were allocated to South African residents.

Outside the host country, the US received the highest number of tickets drawn (35262), followed by the United Kingdom (21614), Mexico (11893), Australia (11804), Germany (9692), Brazil (5891), Canada (4642), France (4268) and Israel (3677). In Africa, Botswana is behind South Africa, with a total of 1587 tickets drawn, followed by Mozambique (1142) and Kenya (785).

"With regard to individual match tickets, category four was the most popular and the final received the highest number of applications.

All applicants will be informed via e-mail or SMS whether they were completely or partially successful by Monday," said Fifa.

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