JOHANNESBURG: In the final run-up to the World Cup, South Africans have snapped up tickets in a last-minute surge in local sales that will give the tournament a more African flavour, as foreign sales sag.

The decision last month to begin over-the-counter sales in South Africa saw enormous queues spring up, with local fans buying 180,000 tickets in the first week, according to FIFA.

Local tickets are sold at steeply discounted prices — as low as 140 rands ($19 dollars) — and FIFA has made more cheap seats available as overseas sales failed to meet expectations. — AFP

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