Today marks 50 days until the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France, and FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) are proud to announce that ticket sales for the competition are smashing records, with over 720,000 sold so far.
The opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 at Paris’ Parc de Princes is sold out, as are the two semi-finals and the final, which will all be held at the Stade de Lyon. Seats for each of these games were snapped up within 48 hours of individual match tickets going on sale.
Tickets for three group-stage fixtures – the Netherlands v. Cameroon in Valenciennes on 15 June, Nigeria v. France in Rennes on 17 June and Sweden v. the USA in Le Havre on 20 June – have also sold out in record time.
Excitement is building across the competition’s nine Host Cities of Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes as the big kick-off draws closer, with Reims and Rennes staging special events to celebrate the 50-day milestone.
Speaking about the 50-day countdown, LOC Director Erwan Le Prévost said: “Today is a symbolic date that takes us a step closer to the beginning of the competition, which kicks off on 7 June at the Parc des Princes in Paris. We are all eagerly looking forward to the start of this FIFA Women’s World Cup and ticket sales show that the French public and foreign fans feel the same way.”
FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Le Floc’h, said: “The eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will see the greatest female footballers from around the globe travel to France this summer. Ticket sales figures show that people are excited about the competition and we are looking forward to seeing the stadiums across France packed with passionate fans.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will take place between 7 June and 7 July.
Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi Retires From National Team
The 32-year old Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from the national team.
Obi retired after the Super Eagles of Nigeria took the third position at the 2019 AFCON.
This was confirmed in a post on his verified Instagram handle.
He said, “At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.”
Moving the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations
With Africa’s premier soccer tournament now underway in Egypt, the continent’s top teams are fighting it out for a position in the finals and the ultimate honour of winning the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019. Along with the teams comes a massive influx of fans and spectators, joining local people going about their daily business and putting a big strain on transport nodes. That’s being alleviated in Egypt, and Cairo especially, with transport solutions from Thales.
The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations is the 32ndedition of the tournament which takes place every two years. Organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it takes place from 21 June to 19 July 2019 and features 24 teams from across Africa.
With more than 50,000 tourists expected to join regular traffic in the cities across Egypt where matches are taking place, Cairo Metro network is playing a crucial role in keeping the tournament moving. Football fans from all over the African continent are using Cairo Metro Line 3 to reach the Stadium station to watch their national teams compete. Thales has supplied Revenue Collection System (RCS) and Integrated Communications and Security (ICS) solution for this line, contracted back in 2007.
In fact, three additional stations were put in service, ahead of the first match, specifically to aid increased demand from fans and citizens alike. And while looking after fans is an obvious priority for the duration of the football tournament, citizens deserve the most convenient, easy-to-use and practical solutions to keep everyone moving freely.
That’s where Thales technology shines. With a longstanding record of providing fully integrated solutions for the city’s Metro owner, National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), , the company first engaged with NAT when it first introduced Line 1 in the 1981. From that day forward, Thales has become the partner of choice for the supply of both Revenue Collection Systems (RCS) and Integrated Communications and Security systems (ICS) for all Cairo Metro Lines.
The expertise which has helped support an improved standard of urban services for the Egyptian people is, in effect, being leveraged so that all football fans and citizens are able to buy tickets and get to their destinations safely and smoothly without encumbrance.
Back in 2016, Thales was awarded for the supply of 850 gates for Cairo Metro Line 1 and Line 2, which is another sentiment for the company’s commitment in supporting its Egyptian customer.
With a doubling of the number of passengers carried on the line expected, safety is as always paramount. But at the same time, solutions which drive efficiency are essential so everyone can get their ticket and take their seat on time.
It’s an exciting time in Egypt right now, and not only because of the sizzling soccer. Development of new metro lines is being powered by some of the world’s foremost technology and expertise. And that means a great experience for football fans—and lasting value for citizens long after the Cup is hosted by one of Africa’s best football team.
Buhari to Super Eagles: Two More Victories And We Are There!
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for another spectacular outing that has confirmed Nigeria’s progress to the Next Level in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019.
With a well-deserved victory over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, President Buhari said he believes like millions of other sports-loving Nigerians, that “the mission of having the trophy in our hands for the fourth time is almost accomplished for the high flying Eagles”.
This was contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President
Buhari urged the team and their handlers to remain focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory.
He affirmed that the crop of players in the national football team represent the resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit, which must be reflected in all other areas of national life.
President Buhari also assured the players that Nigerians are praying for them to fly higher and get to the peak of the tournament, knowing that the taste of victory is sweet and what they have achieved so far is pleasing to Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political inclination.