Bafana tickets sell out in hours to football-starved SA fans

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The South African Football Association in conjunction with the government announced that fans would be able to attend Tuesday's clash with all tickets sold out in a matter of hours.

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma amended the Disaster Management Act which will now see fans return to live sporting events.

Stadium Management CEO Bertie Grobbelaar said all safety measures were in place to see the safe return of fans to the FNB Stadium.

"There are 1,700 tickets on 'sale' (300 are for VIPs)," said Grobbelaar as he explained the procedures in place at the 2010 World Cup venue.

"It is important to note that once you have applied and you have been successful, you must bring your ticket with a code and your digital or handwritten vaccination certificate with you to the venue.

"The requirement to have a vaccination certificate is that of the event organiser for this specific event and I don’t know if this is going to be a requirement for other similar events.

"Kick-off is at 18:00 and if you are one of the lucky fans who has managed to get a ticket, you are advised to come to the venue because there is going to be a bottleneck at the verification marquee."

Grobbelaar detailed that some safety measures were in place to safeguard the spectators in attendance.

"There are safety protocols similar to the ones we had before these 2,000 spectators were allowed back into the stadium, and they remain in place. We hope that by way of a softer approach, people will co-operate but the police and security personnel will be on hand to assist if necessary.”

Grobbelaar said vuvuzelas and food will not be allowed into the venue.

"We can't accept vuvuzelas because of the health risks as there are droplets of saliva when you blow a vuvuzela. You also can’t bring any food or drinks, but there will be vendors selling fresh food, water and cool drinks - not alcohol.

"Under 18s will not be allowed to attend the match because people in that age category have not been vaccinated."