The waiting for spectators to return to the stadium is finally over after the South African Football Association confirmed that a certain number of supporters will be allowed to watch Bafana Bafana's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia at FNB Stadium.
The association has announced that a limited number of 2000 fans will be allowed to watch the clash against the Ethiopians on Tuesday, October 12, with the match set to kickoff at 18h00. After discussion between SAFA, the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture and Minister of Health, a decision to have supporters at the stadium was made.
This is part of SAFA's way to use football as a tonic to fast-track mass vaccinations in the country. The process on Tuesday will be fully administered by SAFA, Stadium Management and the two Government Ministries.
"Fans have been hungry to return to the stadium and the small business and informal sector will receive a massive boost as a result of this initiative,” SAFA president Danny Jordaan is quoted as saying on the association's website.
"These news will be received with delight by those who sell food, flags and taxi drivers who take fans to the stadiums. It is part of the economy that had suffered a lot as a result of fans not being allowed to attend matches. I am happy, this is the beginning of the Restoration of the football economy."