BY SPORTS REPORTER
ZIFA has expressed satisfaction with the positive response by local football supporters to its move to introduce online tickets for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier between Zimbabwe and Congo-Brazzaville set for the National Sports Stadium on March 24.
The association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela told Standardsport in an interview yesterday that there had been a high uptake of the online sale of tickets for the much-awaited clash since they went on sale early this month.
“Fans are buying tickets online like hot cakes. I’m sure most fans have realised that it’s convenient to buy online as this reduces congestion on match day,” Gwesela said.
“We encourage those who haven’t bought tickets to do so now and also to come to the stadium by 1:30pm on match day. Tickets are bought online at www.clicknpay.africa or on the Zifa website www.zifa.org.zw wherever you are around the world. The online tickets come through your email and you can download it into your phone. On the match day fans should just bring the ticket for scanning at the gates.”
Gwesela said fans could also buy physical tickets at the association’s official headquarters at 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare.
“Physical tickets are being sold at Zifa House, 53 Livingstone in Harare. All these are system-generated and no one can forge a QR code, which is scanned at the gates. Tickets not coming from our system are rejected by the system and the person will be ejected and interrogated,” Gwesela said.
The upcoming match against Congo is expected to draw big numbers as the Warriors need just one point to qualify for the Afcon finals to be held in Egypt in June and July.
The Warriors top Group G with eight points from five games, Liberia are second with seven points while the DR Congo are third on six points. The Warriors’ opponents next month Congo-Brazzaville are on five points.
Only the top two teams will go through to the finals, but as it stands all the four sides in Group B have a chance of qualifying depending on the results on match day.
Zifa have set the cheapest ticket at $10. Bays 15-18 are now pegged at $50 while the VVIP tickets are going for $200.