South Africa was the latest African Cup of Nations host to face the challenge of filling stadiums with the continent's generally poor football fans as tickets for next year's tournament went on sale on Wednesday.

Attendances at the African Cup are notoriously poor and the last version in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea was hurt by images of empty seats at some games.

South Africa hopes to sell 500,000 tickets for the 32 matches next January and February, relying on affordable prices and reviving the excitement generated by the country's staging of the 2010 World Cup.

Tickets range from $6 up to $24 for the most expensive seats at the final, with organizers offering additional discounts of up to 20 percent to fans who buy early.