Bafana plead for your sup­port

Disil­lu­sioned lo­cal sup­port­ers urged to watch Nige­ria game

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Go­molemo Motshwane

As Bafana Bafana pre­pare to take on Nige­ria next week, the headache of at­tract­ing fans to the FNB Sta­dium by stake­hold­ers has started, with spec­ta­tors hav­ing grown disil­lu­sioned with the na­tional team in re­cent times.

South Africa take on the Su­per Ea­gles on Novem­ber 17 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions Group E qual­i­fier.

Due to their poor per­for­mances, Bafana have been strug­gling to woo sup­port­ers to watch them play.

The last time Bafana played at the FNB Sta­dium, in their 6-0 de­mo­li­tion of the Sey­chelles, there were some 13 500 tick­ets sold for the match. But in the end a far lower num­ber pitched up on the rain-soaked day last month.

Prior to that, their match against Burk­ina Faso at the same ground in Oc­to­ber 2017 made na­tional head­lines for the low num­ber of tick­ets sold. Days be­fore the match it was re­ported that only 300 tick­ets had been sold. This em­bar­rass­ment prompted Sta­dium Man­age­ment SA to slash the prices for or­di­nary tick­ets from R100 to R50.

A late ral­ly­ing call from politi­cians in­clud­ing Julius Malema and other so-called celebri­ties and in­flu­encers boosted the num­ber to over 15 000 tick­ets sold for the game where Bafana se­cured a 3-1 vic­tory.

It has since been an­nounced that one of the mea­sures to try to en­tice the sup­port­ers will be a mar­ket­ing cam­paign spear­headed by for­mer Bafana play­ers. Coach Stu­art Bax­ter and tech­ni­cal direc­tor Neil Tovey have sent videos on so­cial me­dia en­cour­ag­ing fans to back the team. Sta­dium Man­age­ment SA man­ag­ing direc­tor Ber­tie Grobbe­laar said they would do all they can to bring the fans to the match.

“In the Sey­chelles game the rain con­trib­uted a lot to the low at­ten­dance. With the pa­rade and fan­fare for the ex­play­ers I hope that we will have a much big­ger at­ten­dance,” Grobbe­laar said. “The me­dia’s as­sis­tance to mar­ket the game will be needed. Our mar­ket­ing team will be go­ing full out to mar­ket the game, we will be go­ing all out. “Each and ev­ery morn­ing we have a meet­ing and have a look at the ticket sales and re­fo­cus on our mar­ket­ing.” Tick­ets for next week­end’s match sell for R60.

‘ ‘ Our mar­ket­ing team will be go­ing full out to mar­ket the game

NTOMBELA/BACKPAGEPIX /MUZI

Lebo Moth­iba sets off to cel­e­brate Bafana’s goal against Sey­chelles at a near-empty FNB Sta­dium last month.

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