MZUZU--Sports analyst Peter Kanjere must be a happy man.
He’d vigorously campaigned on Galaxy FM against the idea of making the Presidential Cup finals between the Kaningina-based soldiers Moyale Barracks and the people’s team Big Bullets free of charge.
Kanjere argued that football everywhere in the world is expensive and he saw no reason for people to watch without paying anything. He hinted that charging a fee prevents those who probably had bad intentions but didn’t have money from going to such a match.
Few days after government announced that the game would be played at Civo Stadium, other sports commentators and fans saw merit in Kanjere’s arguments and joined the chorus and called for a fee at the gate.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Sports and signed by Principal Secretary Justin Saidi, the government made an about turn on its decision after seeing sense in what people like Kanjere and others said.
“Following concerns from the general public that allowing free entry during the presidential cup final at Civo stadium will have negative effects on capacity of the stadium, revenue, security and other related matters, government has considered the concerns and has decided to effect gate charges,” reads part of the statement.
The grand finale game which will be played on 1st September 2012 will see people coughing K5, 000.00 for the VIP stand, K2, 000.00 covered stand and K300.00 open stands. The winner of the presidential cup will go away with a cool K10 million.
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