/ 16 September 2008

R140 a ticket for World Cup cheap seats

The cheapest 2010 World Cup ticket will cost R140.

This was announced on Tuesday by Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 local organising committee (LOC), after the monthly LOC board meeting held at Safa House, south of Johannesburg.

Said Khoza: ”We agreed on an exchange rate of R7 to one US dollar. We realise that the dollar rate of exchange will fluctuate between now and 2010. That means the LOC will bear the cost if the exchange rate goes above R7 to the dollar. The rate of exchange will be in force for next June’s Confederations Cup as well.”

Tickets for the Confederations Cup, which will run from June 14 to 28, will be on sale on November 23, the day after the draw for the competition that is used as dress rehearsal for the World Cup finals. The draw will take place in Johannesburg.

Tickets for the World Cup finals will go on sale in January 2009.

The Confederations Cup boasts world champions Italy, South Africa as hosts and the six continental champions — Spain, Egypt, United States, Brazil, New Zealand and Iraq.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said that while the World Cup promotes itself, a lot of work is needed to promote the Confederations Cup.

But Bafana Bafana’s slump in form is a serious concern not to just the public but also to the LOC and to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who arrived in South Africa on Sunday for a four-day courtesy visit.

Blatter was critical of Bafana for failing to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

Said Khoza: ”France did not qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals and won the World Cup on home soil in 1998. Germany were written off before the 2006 World Cup and they ended third. So I am hopeful Bafana will produce the goods in 2010.”

But he admitted Bafana face a much more serious challenge than Germany and France in 2010, saying: ”We do not have too many players in top leagues in Europe. Also our players seem to have shrunk in size since 1996 compared to the West Africans.”

He said the solution is to pump more money into the Premier Soccer League. ”We must also make sure the South African Football Association gives the Bafana technical team as much support as they can and hopefully Bafana will rediscover how to score goals.”

Blatter and Valcke met former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday afternoon in Johannesburg where they presented Madiba with a replica World Cup trophy. — Sapa