PSL Slashes Ticket Prizes After Fans’ Outcry

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By Sports Reporter

THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) has backtracked from their controversial decision to hike match ticket prices to US$20 for the cheapest ticket reducing gate charges ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 Premiership campaign on Friday.

Zimbabwean football fans reacted angrily to the new gate charges which were adopted for last week’s Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinals with very few fans paying to watch the four matches which were played at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro-Ngezi last weekend.

After fans boycotted the Chibuku Super Cup matches, the topflight league’s governing body revealed that it has now slashed the gate charges by fifty percent. In a memorandum to clubs, PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele revealed that football fans will now pay $10 in the league matches.

The tickets for the grandstand section will now cost US$15 while the VIP ticket which had been pegged at US$50 will now cost US$20 or the equivalent at the interbank rate.

Zimbabwe’s domestic top-flight football league will finally make its return on Friday after nearly two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PSL season which normally runs from March to December will return on Friday and run well into 2022.

The league will break for the Christmas holidays in December, also the time of heavy rains in Zimbabwe, and resume after the Africa Cup of Nations in February.

The 2019 champions FC Platinum will begin their defence of the title with a home fixture against Tenax CS on Saturday, a day after Harare City and Herentals would have kickstarted the season at the National Sports Stadium.

CAPS United, who pushed the Zvishavane champions all the way, will begin their campaign away at ZPC Kariba on Saturday.

Highlanders start their campaign away to Black Rhinos while Dynamos host Yadah in a Harare derby.

The government recently allowed sports to resume, although crowds will be limited to 2,000 fully vaccinated spectators.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Fixtures

Friday: Harare City vs Herentals (NSS)

Saturday: FC Platinum vs Tenax (Mandava Stadium), ZPC Kariba vs CAPS United (Nyamhunga Stadium), Chicken Inn vs Cranborne Bullets (Luveve Stadium), Black Rhinos vs Highlanders (NSS), Ngezi Platinum Stars vs Bulawayo City (Baobab Stadium)

Sunday: Dynamos vs Yadah (NSS), Bulawayo Chiefs vs Triangle United (Luveve Stadium), Manica Diamonds vs WhaWha (Sakubva Stadium).