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SA SOCCER NEWS
Supa 8 final tickets sold out 27/09/04
We would like to inform the public that the tickets for Saturday's SAA Supa 8 final has been sold out. Tickets for the clash, to be contested between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United, has been sold out at all Computicket outlets.

The stage is set for the SOLD OUT SAA Supa 8 Final scheduled for Saturday, 2 October 2004, which will kick-off at 15:15 at ABSA Stadium, Durban.

History was made this week when the SOLD OUT SIGNS went up outside ABSA Stadium almost a week before the event.

Playing for a massive R1,3m in prize-money, the finalists Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United promise to deliver a match that keeps the competitive spirit of the tournament alive.

Rich Mkhondo, SAA's Communications Manager said: "On behalf of South African Airways, we would like to congratulate Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United for reaching the finals of our lucrative knockout competition, SAA Supa 8."

"As a supporter of Arts and Culture around the world, we are proud to be associated with soccer, the most watched sporting event. Through the SAA Supa 8, we are reinforcing our position as a world-class airline and demonstrate our continued support for sport and dedication to seamless customer service," Mr Mkhondo concluded.

Premier Soccer League CEO, Mr. Trevor Phillips said: "The Premier Soccer League is proud to be part of developing 'stadium culture' across our country, with 2010 lurking in the not so distant future, there is a need for us to not only develop football structures to tackle the challenge, but to also prepare an important part of the game the fans."

"This can only be achieved by sharing the experience of big games as much as possible.  The PSL would like to thank their partner, SAA for being part of this programme and their commitment to the peoples game," Mr. Phillips emphasized.

Mr Stan Matthews, Director of Football for Supersport United said: "We are extremely excited about this match. We won our last Cup Final against Kaizer Chiefs and we hope to repeat that victory on Saturday. As in all Cup Finals we expect it to be a tight and tense affair but we aim to give a big performance.  We have been the top goal scorers in the League for three (3) consecutive seasons and aim to show people why we are in the Final. The SAA Supa 8 has been run brilliantly and we aim to conclude it on a high."

Kaizer Chiefs Communications Manager, Putco Mafani, said: "There are two important aspects about of this final involving Supersport United and ourselves, (i) SAA as a sponsor will fly out with a handsome 'return on investment' and spectators will be thrilled because of the quality of world class football to be anticipated, (ii) in as far as the hoodoo element about Supersport, that will end bitterly with rivers of tears because there is no room for all that in a cup final, at least I have been there many times to see this."

SAA and the PSL are confident that soccer lovers from KZN and all over the country will support the final as they did with the semi-finals at the same venue last weekend. 

SAA in conjunction with the Premier Soccer League will embark on a media campaign on various targeted media houses as well as run promotions in and around Kwa-Zulu Natal taxi ranks.
       
Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport players will also take part in a parade in the Durban City Centre on Thursday afternoon, signing autographs and meeting their fans. This will further create the hype and excitement associated with this tournament.
   
There will be entertainment galore - Brothers of Peace, Trompies, Pitch Black Afro, Kabelo, Phuzikhemise, Gamboot, Pantsula and Zulu Dancers.

Tickets were sold at Computicket outlets nationwide. Ticket prices were R25.

South African Airways has organised travel packages for fans who wish to travel to Durban. For more information please contact SAA Traveller on (011) 978-1144.

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