Eagles Set to Play in Front of a Scanty Estadio Mineirao.

Ticket sales for the 2013 Confederations Cup has improved from previous editions, but Monday’s encounter between Oceania champions Tahiti and African champions Nigeria in Belo Horizonte remains the least demand so far.

Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Reports claim that six matches have been sold out including Saturday’s opener between the host Brazil and the Asian champions Japan in Brasilia and host team’s two other group matches between Mexico and Italy. Early Saturday, 740,732 tickets had been sold, with some 120,000 still available, according to FIFA.

The other sold-out matches includes the final match of the tournament which comes up on June 30, Sunday’s game between Mexico and Italy at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the one between world and European champions Spain and Uruguay in Recife.

The match between Tahiti and Nigeria still have 36,000 tickets available, while about 20,000 tickets were also reported unsold for the match between Nigeria and Uruaguay in Salvador on Thursday.

However, the record for ticket sales so far has exceeded that of 2009 South Africa Confederations Cup where about 200,000 tickets were sold.

As is customary in Brazil, tickets are not sold at match venues on match days, FIFA has been urging fans to pick up their pre-ordered tickets in good time from ticket centers rather than wait until the day of the match.