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Harare City increase gate charges for Bosso match

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CASTLE lager Premier League side Harare City has hiked gate charges for their all-important clash against Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday as they look to capitalise on the big crowd expected to attend the match.

BY HENRY MHARA,SPORTS REPORTER

The club’s chairperson Lesley Gwindi could not confirm or give reasons why they have decided to review the charges for this particular match, but Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive Kennedy Ndebele yesterday confirmed receiving a letter from the City Fathers to that effect.

“They have applied to have tickets for the match sold at $5 for the rest of the ground, and $10 for the Upper Grand Stand. The VIP ticket has been put at $20,” Ndebele said.

With Highlanders leading the title race with 51 points and Harare City, just a point off the pacesetters with two games to go, the Sunday match might prove decisive.

And with second-placed Dynamos who are equal on points with City, away to Chicken Inn in another equally important match on the same day, there is no doubt that the match at Rufaro will attract more interest for local football followers in the capital — and Harare City are hoping to capitalise on that. So significant is the match at Rufaro on Sunday that if Highlanders win and Dynamos lose to Chicken Inn, then Kelvin Kaindu’s men will be crowned this year’s league champions.

Harare City are not the first to hike charges from the usual $3 for the cheapest ticket, but many PSL teams are guilty of the same “offence” especially when they are playing the big teams.

The prices of tickets have also been hiked in crucial matches.

Supporters have in the past criticised the move, but Ndebele said it is within the clubs’ rights to do so.

“$3 is just a minimum charge and clubs are allowed to raise that figure,” Ndebele said.

Caps United hiked their gate charges to $5 for the cheapest ticket for their Wednesday match against Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium while Dynamos was forced to reduce the charges for their league match against Tripple B three weeks ago after supporters protested heavily outside the match venue.

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