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African confederation: Stadiums will be full for knockouts

African confederation promises full stadiums for Cup of Nations knockout games

Equatorial Guinea fans sing as they hold an image copy of the tournament trophy ahead of the African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match between Equat...
Soccer fans watching the African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match between DR Congo and Tunisia in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (...

Equatorial Guinea Soccer African Cup

Equatorial Guinea fans sing as they hold an image copy of the tournament trophy ahead of the African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match between Equat...

Equatorial Guinea Soccer African Cup

Soccer fans watching the African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match between DR Congo and Tunisia in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (...

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) -- The Confederation of African Football says it has no doubt the stadiums will be full for all of the knockout games at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, even if the host team is eliminated.

CAF spokesman Junior Binyam says on Friday "we will have stadiums full (and) packed" for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

The African Cup has traditionally had problems of sparse crowds, particularly when the host goes out.

CAF's guarantee comes after it was buoyed by generally good crowds so far, although the first game day at the main Bata Stadium not involving Equatorial Guinea's team had just a small group of fans.

Binyam called that "a single example" of poor attendance in the 24 matches to date.

The quarterfinals begin on Saturday.


Updated : 2021-09-23 10:41 GMT+08:00