Zodidi Dano STAFF REPORTER WITH just two days to go before kick-off, the City of Cape Town has announced the names of artists who will be performing at what is promised to be a "spectacular" opening ceremony for the Orange African Nations Championship 2014 (Chan). At a press conference at the Imbizo Media Centre yesterday, mayoral committee member for events Grant Pascoe read out the names of those who would be entertaining soccer fans before the opening match. They include Cape Town -based jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu , acapella group The Soil, poet and singer Zolani Mkiva, singer Jessica Mpangeni, and prominent house band Mi Casa . Themed "Celebrating Africa's Home Champions", the opening ceremony will start at 4pm on Saturday at the Cape Town Stadium . At 6pm , the referee will blow his whistle to start the first match of the tournament: Bafana Bafana against Mozambique . The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has announced that Metrorail will dedicate 11 trains to transport soccer fans on the day of the match. Pascoe said: "The City of Cape Town is excited to host Chan 2014 and the die-hard soccer fans who will make their way to the city. Soccer is a unifying sport across communities and I urge fans to come out in their numbers to support their teams. "Put on your favourite soccer shirts, dust off your vuvuzelas, and bring the gees with you to the various matches." Chan 2014 is the first major tournament to be played here since the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Cape Town will host 16 of the 32 matches, including a quarter-final and a semi-final, with the games being played at Cape Town and Athlone stadiums. Twenty-two local children have been chosen as player escorts for the opening and closing matches. "These children will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk alongside the players as they make their way on to the pitch," Pascoe explained. About 600 volunteers have been deployed to help ensure the tournament runs smoothly and the Fan Walk will be in place for the opening and closing matches in the city. l Tickets are available at Shoprite and Checkers, or online at Computicket outlets, with prices ranging from R40 to R200. firstname.lastname@example.org Cape Argus
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