Free transport for football fans for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Fans and journalists are to enjoy free transport during the opening and final match of the 2013 Afcon, according to the Local Organising Committee and Caf

Caf and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa have concluded an agreement with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to provide free transport for fans.

The transport agreement includes free provision of train services within metropolitan cities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal for fans with a valid match ticket as well as journalists and other officials carrying accreditation from the 2013 Afcon.

In addition, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is expected to make available 20 dedicated trains which will ferry passengers from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Vereeniging to Nasrec Station. This service will be for the opening and the final match of the tournament, a statement from Caf said.

Each train has the capacity to carry up to 2000 passengers and the trains will move more than 40,000 soccer fans directly to the stadia.

“We are delighted as PRASA to be part of this very important tournament. Our mandate is to provide a reliable and efficient public transport system. We have supported soccer for a very long time and we will in future continue to do so,” the 2013 Afcon CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe, said.

The Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa kicks off January 19 till February 10, 2013.