By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, October 18, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Some 240,000 entry tickets for the 2016 Women African Cup of Nations, AFCON, will go on sale a day after the Cup of Cameroon finals scheduled for October 30, Joseph Eloi Mindjeme, Chairman of the Ticket Sub-Committee of the 2016 Women AFCON Organising Committee has said.
Though the Sub-Committee which was put in place last May faced some technical difficulties, Mindjeme said in an interview with the state-owned daily Cameroon Tribune that 240,000 entry tickets with inbuilt magnetic chips were already printed.
Going by the Organising Committee, the 240,000 entry tickets will be distributed according to the available spaces at the Yaounde and Limbe Omnisports stadiums. The stadium in Yaounde has a capacity of 40,000 that of Limbe has 20,000 seats.
The Ticket Sub-Committee Chair said the tickets will be sold and used progressively until the competition ends. For the opening match in Yaounde, Mindjeme explained that encounters will be played under a strictly closed stadium conditions, and as such tickets will be sold well in advance. He called on interested spectators to get their tickets ahead of time to avoid unnecessary trouble with at keepers at the stadium.
Quizzed on the possibility of the tickets being duplicated, Mindjeme noted that several measures have been put in place by the Sub-Committee to prevent forgery.
At the Omnisports Stadium in Yaounde, our reporter learned turnstiles have been erected to allow access to just one person at a time. “With the new ticket which has a magnetic chip, the ticket is slotted into a system at the entrance which confirms if the ticket is authentic,” the Sub-Committee chair stated, adding that any counterfeited ticket slot into the system will be automatically rejected.
The cost of the various categories of tickets is yet unknown but organisers promised that they will be affordable.
The new magnetic tickets will be valid only for one entry and spectators will be obliged to get another ticket should they go out of the stadium and wish to return into the stadium during a particular encounter.
The announcement of the imminent sale of entry tickets is coming at a time when construction work remains ongoing on the two stadiums hosting the tournament. Even annex stadiums in Yaounde, Buea and Limbe, which will be used by the participating teams for training, are still to be completed less than 33days to the competition.
It should be recalled that the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations will be in its 12th edition. The international football jamboree organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for women will be held in Cameroon between November 19 and December 3, 2016.