Sun­day match: Gate charges un­changed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

GATE charges for Sun­day’s en­counter be­tween tra­di­tional ri­vals High­landers and Dy­namos will re­main the same as other games played at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium, a Bosso of­fi­cial has said.

High­landers’ sec­re­tary-gen­eral Em­met Ndlovu said the rest of the ground will pay $3, Wings $5 and VIP $10.

“We’re not hik­ing the charges be­cause we’re tak­ing it like any other game; no one is spe­cial.

“Our fans have been sup­port­ing us through thick and thin this sea­son pay­ing $3, so why should we pun­ish them this time around,” said Ndlovu.

He said they wanted the match to be a beau­ti­ful fam­ily day where fans will come to en­joy foot­ball.

“Let peo­ple come and en­joy the beauty of this game,” he said.

The de­ci­sion to keep gate charges un­changed is likely to re­sult in a bumper crowd as both sets of sup­port­ers will surely come in their num­bers.

Due to Bosso’s pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions to hike charges for ar­guably the big­gest fix­ture in do­mes­tic foot­ball, at­ten­dance fig­ures had been dwin­dling over the past few years, with the high­est at­ten­dance in 10 years be­ing 26 500 in 2006 when High­landers recorded a 2-1 win that was to be the last league win Bosso recorded over their archri­vals for 10 years.

There­after, fig­ures went down with 2007 re­cod­ing 20 790 fans, 2008 (19 580), 2009 (12 000), 2010 (15 000) and 2011 (16 000).

At­ten­dance rose sig­nif­i­cantly to 25 987 in 2012 un­der coach Kelvin Kaindu, as fans be­lieved they would fi­nally end Dy­namos’ dom­i­nance over Bosso.

Num­bers have never gone above the 2012 at­ten­dance, but Sun­day could break the record as the home team’s sup­port­ers re­tain some shaky hope of com­plet­ing an un­likely dou­ble over DeMbare, some­thing that Bosso last achieved in the 2006 sea­son — @skhu­moyo2000.

High­landers’ sec­re­tary-gen­eral Em­met Ndlovu

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