Ticket centres buzzing ahead of tomorrow’s opener
With dreams of Fabio Cannavaro lifting the trophy after the final on 28 June for Italy, 27 year-old Hayley Redman from Johannesburg just wants the FIFA Confederations Cup to start.
Waiting patiently in line for her tickets at the Johannesburg ticket centre, Redman was one of many South Africans who are feeling the Confederations Cup buzz, with around 450,000 tickets already sold.
"I think the tournament is so great for South Africa. Everyone I know is excited for the start tomorrow and the whole process of getting tickets was actually so simple and ran smoothly. The vibe in here is electric," said Redman as she received her tickets for her and eight friends to all games at Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane/Pretoria.
On the eve of the first major FIFA tournament on African soil, people are flocking to the ticket centres to make sure they are part of the feast of football expected over the next two weeks.
With everyone excitedly talking about football and making plans to meet up before the game, it is obvious that South Africa is set for a festive two weeks.
"It (football) is like a religion to me. Just the thought of getting my hands on these tickets is amazing," said Johannesburg resident Miguel de Andrade who was visibly excited at the prospect of going to watch Spain against South Africa in Mangaung/Bloemfontein and the semi-final match at Ellis Park.
Clutching his tickets after just having received them, de Andrade was mightily impressed with the ticket system.
"Everything ran so smoothly when I came to get my tickets, I am so impressed with the process, I just hope that we (South Africa) can do well in the tournament".
As a passionate supporter of South Africa's Bafana Bafana, 44-year-old Rajie Murugan hopes to see them do well in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
"As a South African I will be very happy to see Bafana do well but to be realistic I think it will be Brazil that win in the end," said the Johannesburg man who has purchased tickets for his entire family to the opening game, semi-final and final in Johannesburg.
"Getting my tickets went very smoothly. For me it seems that the tournament is well organised and it makes me proud to be a South African," continued Murugan.