Asian Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee COO Mark Falvo expressed positivity over ticket sales as the competition’s trophy arrived in Tokyo for the latest stop of the international trophy tour.
The weekend event at the Toyota Mega Web showroom in Odaiba comes as the countdown to the opening match between Australia and Kuwait crosses the 50-day mark.
“Japan has developed great players, great fans, and a great footballing culture,” Falvo told media on Friday afternoon. “I commend them for setting a benchmark in Asian football.
“Japan have an important role to play in the [Asian Cup], and Australians look to Japan as a role model. After Australia’s matches, the best-selling tickets have been to fixtures involving Japan.”
Falvo was positive about ticket sales, which are progressing ahead of LOC expectations: “Our goal is an average attendance of 10,000 per match and we hope to exceed that.
“There are many expats and people with Asian heritage in Australia, and that’s resulted in strong interest in other matches, not just [Australia’s].”
JFA vice chairman Kozo Tashima, who officially “returned” the trophy as a representative of the defending champions, expressed confidence in Japan’s preparations: “Before the 2011 Asian Cup, we had just two games under Alberto Zaccheroni. This year we’ve had six games with Javier Aguirre, and we’ll be ready to show our strength.
“I’ve seen for myself that the LOC are working tirelessly, and it will absolutely be a great tournament.”
The trophy will be on display in Tokyo over the weekend before a domestic tour in Australia ahead of the tournament.