Good ticket sales for Bafana, Denmark friendly

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pretoria - Tickets for the international friendly between Bafana Bafana and fellow World Cup qualifier Denmark at Super Stadium in Tshwane, Atteridgeville, on Saturday are selling fast.

On Tuesday evening, a total of 27 000 tickets had already been sold for the stadium that can accommodate around 28 900 spectators, according to the South African Football Association (Safa).

The stadium was recently renamed after soccer star Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe. .

The kick-off between the 36-ranked Denmark and Bafana Bafana, who recently emerged as the African form team for the World Cup, is at 2:15pm.

The Danish, who are in Group E of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, will open their campaign against the Netherlands a day after South Africa take on Mexico on 11 June at Soccer City.

They are in Group E, along with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and Japan. Denmark touched down at the OR Tambo International Airport for the World Cup on Saturday.

Denmark coach, Morten Olsen will use Saturday's encounter against Bafana to silence his team's critics who believe that Netherlands is the favourite to win the Group's play.

Olsen's team might give Bafana a tough time to prove that the real race in their group will be between them and Cameroon.

With Olsen at the helm, Denmark's tactics shifted to an even more attacking style, with an emphasis on the wingers, and Olsen made the point of only using players on form in the team.

Denmark is equally famous for its traveling fans, known as roligans. The movement emerged during the 1980s as the declared opposition to hooliganism. The goal of the roligan movement is calm, yet cheerful, support during the matches, as rolig means calm in the Danish language.

However, Bafana coach Carlos Parreira, who has since retained the identity of South African football ahead of the World Cup, said together with his team, they are ready to make the country proud.

With his 11 match unbeaten record, Parreira said his players would be more adjustable during the game, but all they need is fans blowing vuvuzela's to make their opponents nervous.

"Our mission is to win all our friendly matches and to go as far as we can at the World Cup tournament. We are ready to make the country proud, we've an identity, shape, speed and we are no longer goal-shy," he said on Tuesday during the announcement of the 23-man Bafana squad.

The Brazilian-born coach dropped West-Ham United striker Benni McCarthy, Bryce Moon, Innocent Mdledle, Franklin Cale, Rowen Fernandez and Andile Jali from his squad.

On Monday, Bafana Bafana boosted their World Cup morale with a 5-nil victory against minnows Guatemala at Peter Mokaba in Limpopo.