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Getting to AFCON is too Difficult or Expensive for many Africans

On the opening day, thousands of supporters flooded the streets of Abidjan to the town of Ebimpé. But the stadiums, where all the action is, are mostly empty, and not for the first time. revious tournaments in Ghana, Angola, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Cameroon have had the same story. Some matches, especially those involving Senegal, Mali, Benin, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, turn out livelier than others because of organised supporters’ groups, usually including bands which play throughout the games. But these groups don’t come for free. Federations, governments or sponsors often bankroll these 500-1,500-strong performers to show up at games. Regular citizens, who have no incentives other than having a good time, are hardly present.