2019 AFCON: Egyptian Fans Revolt as CAF Announce Ticket Prices

Egyptian fans carry placards and the national flag ahead of the match between Egypt and Senegal during the Africa Cup of Nations group G football match at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian capital on November 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Egyptian football fans have shown their displeasure with the high ticket prices for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which is in clear contrast with the economic situation of the North African country after it was announced by the tournament’s organizing committee on Monday.

According to reports, matches that do not involve the Egyptian national team will cost 100 Egyptian pounds (E£) for a third-class ticket, E£300 for the second class and E£500 for the first class.

Meanwhile, matches involving The Pharaohs of Egypt have been set at E£200 for the third class ticket and E£400 for the second class and E£600 for the first class and E£500 for the first degree top and E£2500 for the main cabin.

However, since the outrage, social media influencers, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President and the Minister of Sports, have demanded a review the prices of the AFCON tickets which the populace considers too high compared to the difficult economic conditions in the country.

The Egyptian fans have called on the President of the EFA, Hani Abu Reda to intervene with immediate effect to consider the prices of special tickets for the public attendance for the 2019 AFCON.

Hany Abdo Rida confirmed that the committee will review the ticket prices for the tournament matches, in order to achieve one of the most important goals of organizing the tournament, which is to return football lovers across the country to the stands.

Abdo Rida revealed that the review will majorly affect ticket prices for third class eats and for the matches of the national team – The Pharaohs, as it takes a place of importance for the team and the championship.

“In addition to the prices of tickets for the matches of other groups, which we encourage the fans of the Egyptian ball to fill the stands, to show the face of Egypt’s civilization The continent and the world.”

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament and President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick also reportedly said that he is in constant contact with the concerned authorities in this regard to achieve the interest of the Egyptian public.