Full stadiums 'critical' for 2013 African Cup

GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer Published:

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's newly appointed head organizer for the 2013 African Cup of Nations has identified full stadiums as a top priority after this year's event continued the trend of disappointing crowds.

Organizing committee chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe said Thursday that filling stadiums was a "critical success factor" for next year's continental championship.

Low attendances for games not involving the home team have long been a problem for the African Cup, with the recent tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea criticized for some desperately poor crowds, even in knockout matches.

Mbebe indicated South Africa would revive some policies from its successful 2010 World Cup to raise interest and would ensure tickets were affordable.