JOHANNESBURG (AP) – GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer South African organizers will have less money from the government than they expected for next year's African Cup of Nations and are experiencing early problems with ticket sales.
With the country struggling to match the success of its 2010 World Cup, local organizing committee chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe said on Wednesday that ''there's going to be challenges.''
South Africa's government has committed 461 million rand ($51 million) to the Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 tournament, with $9.5 million going to Mbebe's LOC for operational costs. Mbebe says that was less than he'd hoped for but ''we will just have to adjust here and there.''
The LOC says there had also been ''serious challenges'' with local ticketing outlets for Africa's continental championship, which already has a tradition of poor attendances.