World Cup Coming to Africa
Special to the NNPA from the GIN | 4/21/2010, 10:50 a.m.
Buy a Ticket, Please! World Cup Needs You!
Special to the NNPA from the GIN
(GIN) - With less than two months before the World Cup of soccer kicks off, FIFA - the sport's governing body - and the South African local organizing committee are pleading with South Africans to buy the remaining 500,000 tickets that have been made available.
Fewer than the 450,000 foreign visitors initially expected will be coming to the games - Africa's first World Cup. "This final ticket phase is very important," said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke at a press conference in Soweto. "We will not want to give that picture of empty seats to the world; all will need to be done in these last days."
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo is ending a world class career in soccer due to trauma. Adebayor was in the bus with teammates going to play the Africa Cup when they were caught in a deadly ambush in Cabinda, Angola. An assistant coach, press officer and driver were killed and two players were shot and injured in the Jan. 8 attack.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the killers were aiming for journalists travelling with the convoy.
"I have made the very difficult decision to retire from international football," the 26-year-old striker told the Web site of his English club Manchester City. "I have weighed up my feelings in the weeks and months since the attack, and I am still haunted by the events which I witnessed on that horrible afternoon on the Togo team bus.
"It is a moment I will never forget and one I never want to experience again."