Last updated: 2 march, 2010 - 18:23 GMT

Will fans desert the World Cup?

With 100 days left to the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, organisers still have 600,000 tickets left to sell.

There are doubts as to whether many Africans will be able to afford tickets, but secretary general of the organising body, FIFA, Jerome Valcke, said he is confident that there'll be enough affordable tickets for everyone.

"It will be a real African World Cup," Valcke told the BBC. Most stadiums would be sold out, he added.

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However, fans in the African countries that have qualified - Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria - have told the BBC that tickets are being sold on the internet, to which they have limited access.

Furthermore, even if they could afford tickets, few African fans have credit cards, needed for online purchases.

It also seems that the number of foreign fans who turn up will be much less than the expected 450,000.

Countries like England and Holland where thousands of fans usually make the trek to see their countries, sales have been much slower than usual.

BBC Sports news reporter Alex Capstick spoke to some English fans to find out why they're not going to the World Cup. He also found out that lots of fans from the United States are using the World Cup as a way to get in that once in a lifetime safari holiday.

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