PSL reports hefty fall in match attendances

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ATTENDANCE at football matches dropped significantly this season compared to last term according to a presentation made at the PSL end of season review meeting in Harare on Saturday.
The Premier Soccer League management met in Harare on Saturday to review the 2013 soccer season.
According to figures presented at their meeting, the number of fans coming to watch league and cup games fell significantly compared to the last season.
A total number of 495,098 fans are reported to have watched the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches this year compared to 643,293 during the 2012 season.
The PSL though attributed the low attendances to the increase in gate charges. This season gate charges rose to $5.00 for the rest of ground up from $3.00 charged in the 2012 season.
The PSL also noted that their income and that of the clubs was being affected by the introduction of the 6% ZIFA levy on gross gate takings and that clubs were not properly accounting for gate takings and also not efficiently controlling the selling of their tickets.
The PSL resolved that their levy be deducted immediately after the ground levies.
“The introduction of the ZIFA 6% Levy on Gross gate takings has affected income received by clubs and the league,” said PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele in a statement.
“We have observed that clubs are not efficiently controlling the selling of tickets, with a number of fans gaining access into the stadia free of charge. It has been noted that a number of clubs are not properly accounting for gate takings.”
The PSL resolved to regularise the payment of various interest groups after football matches and that the PSL levy shall in future be deducted immediately after the ground levies, SRC and ZIFA levies.
Dynamos has been the major cash cow for the league but this season, their support base dropped significantly despite the fact that they went all the way to winning their third successive league title.
Even on the day they lifted the Castle Lager Premiership title, there was a low turnout at Rufaro.