January 21, 2014
Who to watch at CHAN
So, a week into the Orange African Nations Championship and we can tell there is a distinct soccer gees in Cape Town. Despite our home team Bafana Bafana not making it to the qualifiers, I’m especially amped that you football fundis in South Africa are supporting this championship whole-heartedly.
Looking back, it was all rise in the stadium when South Africa scored their first goal of the tournament; a moment that could’ve lived forever. If you weren’t able to make it to the opening match at Cape Town Stadium then I hope you were watching at home, as a Bafana Bafana match is quite rare in Cape Town. From an overall tournament perspective, it’s been so far so good with all teams playing passionately and giving the spectators a good match to watch. The fan walk has been open for all stadium matches in Cape Town which has contributed significantly to the ambience and pre-match hype. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been diligent with wearing my South African team colours on CHAN Fridays. But don’t take my word for it, look at the numbers:
Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Mvuzo Mbebe said the tournament was gaining huge momentum in its three host cities. He added "A total of 127 986 have attended matches, by match 20, against a total of 197 681 tickets printed and distributed." After just three matches, Cape Town recorded a total of 74 388 spectators, the highest number in stadium attendance for Cape Town Stadium and 18 879 for Athlone Stadium. A further 19 021 spectators were recorded for the Free State Stadium after two matches and 11 698 for Polokwane so far. If you’d like to be part of this experience, book your tickets for the next CHAN game. Here are the fixures for the rest of the week:
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Burundi v Congo DR at Peter Mokaba Stadium, 19:00
Mauritania v Gabon at Free State Stadium, 19:00
Saturday 25 January 2014
Morocco v Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium, 17:00
Mali v Zimbabwe at Cape Town Stadium, 20:30
Who do you think will make it to the quarter finals? Watch this space as we report on the news as it happens, or follow us on Twitter for selected live match updates.