Confederations Cup: Fans shun Nigeria, Tahiti duel

The Super Eagles will play their first match on Monday.

Unless there is a last minute rush for tickets, the group game on Monday between Africa champions, Nigeria, and their Oceania counterparts, Tahiti, is set to get the unenviable tag as the least watched match by soccer fans at the FIFA Confederations Cup which starts this weekend in Brazil.

A breakdown of the tickets sold so far by the organisers shows that only a little over 17,000 tickets has been sold so far for the Monday game billed for the stadium while well over 30, 000 tickets remain unsold.

Conversely, the other opening games that pairs Brazil against Japan, Italy against Mexico and Spain against Uruguay have all been sold out with no more tickets available for the respective fixtures, with the least of them commanding an expected crowd of 39,430.

The relatively few tickets sold has been linked to their relatively unknown opponents, Tahiti, who are only debuting in a FIFA organised tournament as Nigeria has in the past been regarded as one of the most entertaining soccer teams in the world.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are expected in Brazil later today after initial hiccups in travel arrangements occasioned by a row with Nigeria Football Federation officials over match bonuses.

Below is the breakdown of ticket sales by FIFA for the Confederations Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Number of tickets sold per match* and tickets still on sale:

Match Tickets sold Tickets available
1. BRS, Brazil-Japan 64,721 0
2. RIO, Mexico-Italy 71,407 0
3. RCF, Spain-Uruguay 39,430 0
4. BHZ, Tahiti-Nigeria 17,210 36,134
5. FTL, Brazil-Mexico 55,938 0
6. RCF, Italy-Japan 36,598 2,743
7. RIO, Spain-Tahiti 68,674 1,752
8. SAL, Nigeria-Uruguay 27,608 19,799
9. SAL, Italy-Brazil 48,986 0
10. BHZ, Japan-Mexico 43,344 9,961
11. FTL, Nigeria-Spain 45,234 9,465
12. RCF, Uruguay-Tahiti 20,197 18,964
13. BHZ, 1A-2B 51,188 949
14. FTL, 1B-2A 46,425 6,652
15. SAL, Loser 13-Loser 14 33,935 13,692
16. RIO, Winner 13-Winner 14 68,281 0
739,176 120,111 

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