Bafana plead for your support
Disillusioned local supporters urged to watch Nigeria game
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
Lebo Mothiba sets off to celebrate Bafana’s goal against Seychelles at a near-empty FNB Stadium last month.