South Africa all set to host CAN 2013 – Officials
With just eight days to go before the opening match between South Africa and Cape Verde at the National Stadium, the LOC chairman Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana on Friday said the body had put in place plans that would ensure that every team and visitor to South Africa would be provided with an environment to enjoy the tournament and compete equally.
Speaking at a New Age breakfast briefing in Johannesburg, Nonkonyana said that it was “all systems go” for the continental tournament, adding that the event would be a great success.
“The Orange CAN 2013 awaits us. We will receive a multitude of people on our shores. Let them feel the ‘Beat at Africa’s Feet’. Let us receive them with the spirit of Ubuntu (humanity) as we celebrate Africa.”
South Africa took over the hosting of the tournament from Libya, which withdrew following the political turmoil during the Arab Spring.
Having hosted a spectacular 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the highest standard sporting facilities and infrastructure, South Africa was the logical choice to take over from Libya in a short space of time.
The tournament will be played in the five cities of Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Nelspruit and Rustenburg – whose venues have upgraded or newly-built stadia.
The LOC has set a ticket sale target of 500,000 tickets. But current sales currently stand around 320 000, with a collective stadium capacity of over 800,000 seats.