Almost 400,000 tickets for the Confederations Cup have been sold, Fifa said on Thursday.

“With just 25 days to the kick-off of the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009, a total of 383,506 tickets have now been sold,” the world soccer body said in a statement.

This was 63 percent of the total number of tickets available.

The majority of tickets were sold and collected in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Some matches, including the opening match between South Africa and Iraq, the semi-final and the final were already sold out.

The Confederations Cup starts on June 14. Matches would be played in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. Taking part are the current Soccer World Cup champions Italy, host country South Africa and the winners of each of the Fifa Confederations championships — Iraq, New Zealand, Spain, USA, Brazil and Egypt.

To date 79,105 tickets had been sold for the 2010 World Cup. An additional 100,000 tickets were currently being processed.

PUBLICATION: The Citizen
AUTHOR: Sapa
DATED: 21st May 2009