African Women's Champs: free tickets
29 October 2010
Free tickets for the 7th African Women's Championships, which kicks off with the opening match between Banyana Banyana and Tanzania at Sinaba stadium in Ekurhuleni on Sunday, are now available at outlets countrywide.
The Confederation of African Football's (CAF's) African Women's Championships will see eight African women's football teams battling it out for continental supremacy and a place at the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup.
Hosts South Africa, continental powerhouse Nigeria, defending champions Equatorial Guinea, along with Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria, Tanzania and Mali, will be squaring up at Daveyton's Sinaba Stadium and Tembisa's Makhulong Stadium from 31 October to 14 November.
While African supremacy will be at stake, the big incentive for being one of the two teams to make it to the tournament's final match will be qualifying for the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup, taking place in Germany in June and July next year.
Free entry, but pre-printed tickets needed
While entry to the match venues will be free, spectators will need to enter the stadiums with pre-printed tickets as part of the tournament's safety and access control regulations.
Tickets will be released in different phases during the course of the tournament, and will be available at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper outlets countrywide.
Tickets for the group matches will be released from 29 October, tickets for the semi-finals will be released from 8 November, while tickets for the third place playoff and final match will be released from 12 November.
For any particular ticketing phase, spectators can collect a maximum of four tickets each for any match day in that phase. Unaccompanied minors will not be issued with match tickets.
For Daveyton's Sinaba Stadium, 20 000 tickets will be issued per match day, while for Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, 10 000 tickets will be issued per match day.
On match days when there are double headers at Sinaba Stadium, only one ticket will be issued and spectators will be able to attend both games.
Call to rally behind Banyana
President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to rally behind the national women's team, Banyana Banyana,
Speaking during half-time of a friendly match between Banyana and Zimbabwe at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday, Zuma called on the nation to bring back Football Fridays by wearing the national team colours for the duration of the tournament.
"I am calling upon the country to give the team the same amount of support they gave Bafana Bafana during the 2010 Fifa World Cup," Zuma said.
"The entire country must be behind them, and as government we are fully supporting them. We will support them from the beginning of the tournament to the end."
Banyana kick off their campaign with a Group A match against Tanzania at Sinaba Stadium at 1pm on Sunday.
Banyana will then lock horns with African powerhouse Nigeria at 11am on 4 November, before tackling Mali at 3.30pm on 7 November.