THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has slashed gate charges for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round, return leg qualifier against Zimbabwe to be played on August 24 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Mwanza said the move was aimed at encouraging fans to turn up in numbers for the match that will see Zambia fighting to earn qualification for the continental prestigious tournament for locally based players.
He said tickets would fetch as low as K20 for the northern and southern decks; with those for the east upper deck to cost K20 from the usual K50, while the east lower deck will cost K50 from the normal K100.
Mwanza said the prices for the VIP remained at K500 with the western decks going at K150 and K100; adding that fans were encouraged to turn up in numbers as has been the case in the past to cheer the team to victory.
“We realise that our team like playing before a noisy crowd and it is why we have decided to reduce these gate tickets to ensure that the stadium is filled to capacity when the Chipolopolo plays Zimbabwe in the CHAN return leg,” Mwanza said.
Mwanza said the CHAN squad that remained behind would leave for Harare on Friday and will link up with coach, Herve Renard and the nine players that went to France for yesterday’s international friendly match.
Meanwhile, the CHAN squad resumed training at the Independence Stadium in Lusaka yesterday with assistant coach Masausto Mwale including three players to the team.
The trio, Percy Biyoti, Gift Wamundila and Felony Stonia from Green Buffaloes and Geoffrey Silavwe from Tigers, were part of yesterday morning training session.
Mwale said in an interview that the team was injury free and was focused on winning the weekend match and expressed happiness with the new call-ups in the team.
The match was rescheduled to this Sunday after the referees from Cameroun failed to make it in time for the match due to flight connection problems.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association (CSFA) chairperson Yotam Mwanza has commended Government for availing six buses to ferry fans to Harare to cheer the team.
Mwanza said fans wishing to travel should either get in touch with the CSFA or register at the Ministry of Sport, 15th floor, Government Complex in Lusaka and that conditions remained the same like last time.
He said fans would be expected to pay US$10 (about K55) for tickets and should cater for their own accommodation.
Departure has been scheduled for 09:00 hours from Lusaka on Saturday adding that limited seats were available and advised fans to register early.