Nelspruit confident of big crowds for Africa Cup of Nations


Roelf Kotze, the stadium manager of the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, is confident of attracting big crowds for its Africa Cup of Nations games.
The stadium is due to host a total of eight matches including a quarter-final and a semi-final.
The highlight of the opening round is the Group C encounter between reigning champions Zambia and Nigeria on 25 January.
“We’re quite confident that we’ll pull good crowds,” Kotze told BBC Sport.
Nations Cup games in Nelspruit
21/01/13: Zambia v Ethiopia; Nigeria v Burkina Faso (Group C)
25/01/13: Zambia v Nigeria Burkina Faso v Ethiopia (Group C)
29/01/13: Zambia v Burkina Faso (Group C)
30/01/13: Togo v Tunisia (Group D)
03/02/13: Quarter-final
06/012/13: Semi-final

“The average attendance for soccer matches here is about 16 or 17,000 people, which is more than you get in Gauteng (the province where Johannesburg and Pretoria are situated).
“Since the (2010) World Cup we’ve had about 45 matches at the stadium and they were all well attended.”

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