African Cup of Nations tickets to be sold online starting mid-April: Organisers

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 2 Apr 2019,
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Tickets for this summer's African Nations Cup will be available for purchase online in two weeks, according to the manager of the tournament's organising committee Mohamed Fadl.

"The first stage of selling the tickets online will kick off during the period from 15 to 20 April," Fadl told Egyptian radio station 9090 on Tuesday.

"The first stage includes tickets from the first match until match 37, and the second stage includes matches from 38 to 52.

"The ticket prices will suit the huge budget of the tournament, the third biggest around the world. We are also working hard to fight the black market by selling the tickets online," the former Ahly player added.

Egypt was granted hosting rights in January after planned host Cameroon was forced to stand down due to lack of preparation.

The Pharaohs are seeking to win the prestigious title for the first time since 2010, the last of their record seven victories.

It will take place from 21 June to 13 July, having been moved from January/February to avoid club-versus-country clashes.

Egypt, who have already booked a place in Africa's flagship tournament with one match to spare, finished second in Group J of the qualifiers with 13 points, three behind leaders Tunisia.

Egypt has already hosted four editions of the cup: in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

With Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre at the helm, Egypt have won all except one of their qualifier matches: crushing Niger 6-0, defeating eSwatini 4-1 at home and 2-0 away, and beating Tunisia 3-2, before Saturday's 1-1 draw against Niger in the final round.

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