The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has maintained that gate charges for Chipolopolo’s friendly match against Norway tomorrow, 12th January were still affordable for every Zambian.
Several soccer fans have raised concern over the charges for Zambia’s farewell match before the 2013 Africa Cup of nations (AFCON) which kicks off on 19th January in South Africa.
The soccer fans said the charges were too high for a friendly game.
FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya said the entry ticket prices were affordable as they were ranging according to the stands at the stadium.
He told ZANIS in an interview today that FAZ has had consistent ticket prices for several years now and therefore, people should not only complain now.
Bwalya explained that FAZ came up with the charges for tickets after careful consultation with stakeholders and considering various factors such as overcrowding and ticket fraud.
He added that the football governing body did not want to have a stampede because of low ticket prices or have empty seats at the Levy Stadium if the prices were high.
The FAZ president said he was concerned with the welfare of fans and was looking into measures to safeguard their interests.
He expressed confidence that people would turn up in numbers to support their beloved Chipolopolo team especially that this was the first time a European team was playing in the country after a long time.
Bwalya assured Zambians that Chipolopolo would be win tomorrow’s game following massive training and good preparation employed by the Coach Herve Renard
VIP tickets are selling at KR500 (K500, 000) with seats on the lower deck costing K250 (KR250,000) while K200 (KR200) will be for the upper stands.
For the east lower deck, the charge is KR200 (K200, 000) per person while the upper deck is fetching KR150 (150,000) and KR50 (K50,000) all round for the north and south seats.