Free AFCON tickets for the poor – President Nguema


The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has said that he will personally pay for 40 000 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tickets, which will be given to the poor, in order for them to attend matches.

"We must give solemnity to this CAN event, we have to buy tickets to fill stadiums," he said.

"Let those who have the means help the poor! Myself, I bought 40 000 tickets at a rate of 10 000 per region (four sites are hosting the event). These tickets cost 500 CFA (€0.75) which amounts to 20 million CFA francs (30 000)," president Nguema said on Monday.

In the hopes of filling the stadiums during the tournament, civil servants will receive two hours off from their working day when matches are being played.

Neighbouring Gabon, which co-hosted the event with Equatorial Guinea in 2012, delivered 20 buses to the hosting nation on Monday, for the ferrying of soccer players during the tournament.

"This is our contribution to support Equatorial Guinea. We have a saying that when your neighbours are having a party the entire village is celebrating," Gabonese Sports Minister, Blaise Louembe said.

The 2015 AFCON will begin on the 17th of January with the first matches being contested between Equatorial Guinea and Congo at the Estadio de Bata Stadium at 18:00, and Burkina Faso versus Gabon at the same stadium at 21:00.


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