Ghana advances to African Cup quarter-finals

By RON FANFAIR

A depleted Ghana side qualified for the African Cup of Nations soccer quarter-finals with a narrow 1-0 victory over a determined Burkina Faso team last Tuesday.

Dede Ayew’s header at the half-hour mark was enough to see the Black Stars through in Luanda.

The Burkinabe, who only needed a draw to progress, were dealt a blow in the second half when Hamadou Tall was dismissed for an elbow on Asamoah Gyan.

Ghana follows Ivory Coast through to the last eight from the three-team Group B.

And, tickets to this year’s World Cup have been made easier for local fans to buy after disappointing sales ahead of the tournament’s first match on 11 June.

Beginning in April, tickets will be available to purchase for cash as well as via the Internet or written forms available in banks.

Supporters in host nation South Africa are used to buying seats on the day of a match rather than in advance.

This year’s World Cup could be the first in which tickets to watch the host nation are not the most popular.

The current ways of buying tickets have been criticized as unsuitable and over-complicated. Most poor Black soccer fans do not have Internet access and many do not have bank accounts.

Organizers will also make the tickets – the cheapest of which are still six times the price of a seat at a local top-flight match – available over the counter.

“We are definitely in the process of changing this and, as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that the International Football Federation (FIFA) will understand our position,” said chief organizer Danny Jordaan.

Jordaan previously revealed that more South Africans have bought tickets to see England play than for their own national team.

The situation is a contrast to the previous World Cup in Germany in 2006 where there was an average of six applications for each available ticket.

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