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PSL slashes gate charges

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BY HENRY MHARA

THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) has slashed its gate charges for all league matches as well as Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals to US$3 for the rest of ground, US$5 (grand stands) and US$10 (VIP enclosure) after fans threatened to boycott matches over high charges.

“While the PSL notes that clubs suffered huge financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to incur a lot of costs in preparation for matches, we also understand the need to make our matches appealing and affordable to football fans who are the heartbeat of the game,” the PSL said in a statement yesterday.

“Taking into account the above, the PSL has reviewed gate charges for all PSL matches effective from the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals to be played this weekend.”

PSL said the gate charges would be reviewed again next year.

“We would like to remind all football fans to comply with Covid-19 protocols and directives before, during and after football matches,” added the PSL.

Supporters will be asked to produce positive identification and a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate to attend matches.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya said the ticket price review will likely encourage fans to attend matches in their numbers, and believes that would push players to perform better for their teams.

“The reduction of gate charges by PSL should help create a footballing atmosphere which we have missed for a long time,” he said.

Dynamos, who are unbeaten in the 12 matches that they have played in all competitions this term, clash with FC Platinum in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Ngezi Platinum Stars and giant killers Cranborne Bullets get the semi-final round matches underway this afternoon at the same venue.

Ndiraya expects a tough duel against Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum.

“It will be a very difficult and tough match,” Ndiraya reckons.

“We will be playing a good team with loads of experience. We have, however, prepared for the match and we look forward to an exciting encounter. Some of our players haven’t played at this level before and are keen to experience the atmosphere.”

Ndiraya will be banking on his defence, which has conceded just twice in the matches they have played so far, which were both own goals.

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