The Local Organising Committee is living up to its promise to make the 2010 World Cup a truly African event by making a number of tickets available to other African countries .
Irvin Khoza, the LOCâ€™s chairman, said they wanted to ensure that the other 51 countries on the Mother Continent also benefit from the tournament.
â€œDuring the 2010 World Cup bidding process, we made it clear that it will be an African World Cup,â€ said Khoza.
â€œWe are discussing how to issue tickets to people beyond the borders of South Africa. As you know, we have 52 countries on this continent.
â€œWe have referred the issue of making tickets available to our brothers and sisters in other African countries to the [LOCâ€™s] ticketing subcommittee.
â€œThey will investigate the possibilities of how a certain number of tickets will be allocated to all the countries, say for example 200 per country.
â€œWorld Cup tickets are very limited but there is a need for us to make a certain number available, though we know there will be transport and accommodation challenges.â€
Khoza said the ticketing subcommittee would also decide on how the agreed number of tickets would be distributed in all the countries.
â€œSome of the options available include distributing them through the federations, CAF [Confederation of African Football] and their respective governments.
â€œThe most important thing that we will have to be careful of is that those tickets do not fall into the wrong hands, including the black market.â€
Khoza added that the subcommittee will also determine the construction workers at the stadiums who will be given free tickets to matches at the stadiums they are working on.
â€œThe subcommittee should identify who should get the tickets from the people doing earthworks, overlaying, installing seats and air conditioners, and the electricians.â€
Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced during his recent visit to South Africa that 20000 double tickets will be given to the construction workers at all the venues.
PUBLICATION: Sowetan – Sport
AUTHOR: Ramatsiyi Moholoa
DATED: 4th November 2008