Gate charges an­nounced for FCP, Pi­rates match

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

GATE charges for the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball Champions League group stage be­tween Zim­bab­wean champions FC Plat­inum and South African gi­ants Or­lando Pi­rates at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium next Satur­day have been an­nounced.

The charges, agreed upon be­tween the Zim­babwe Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and FC Plat­inum re­leased yes­ter­day show that fans in­tend­ing to oc­cupy the rest of the ground will part with $5, VIP will cost $10 while $20 is the cost of the VVIP on the day.

The match is sure to at­tract a huge crowd with fans back­ing both teams. High­landers fans have long as­so­ci­ated with Or­lando Pi­rates across the Lim­popo River and are sure to come out in their num­bers to watch the Buc­ca­neers in ac­tion. Bosso fans back Pi­rates be­cause they also wear black and white with the cross­bones salute also syn­ony­mous with both teams.

Mean­while, FC Plat­inum have not yet de­cided when they are shift­ing their train­ing to Bu­l­awayo ahead of Satur­day’s clash. Pure Plat­inum Play re­sumed train­ing last Wednesday and with the match away from their Zvisha­vane base, they have to move to Bu­l­awayo in the days lead­ing up to the clash to have a feel of the match venue.

FC Plat­inum spokesper­son, Chido Chi­zondo said the team was hav­ing two ses­sions a day since they re­turned to train­ing last Wednesday. On play­ing Pi­rates home away from Zvisha­vane, Chi­zondo said they have no qualms play­ing Pi­rates at Bar­bour­fields see­ing that they al­ways play well at the venue. Her hope is that Zim­bab­weans will come out in their num­bers and back the two-times in a row Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League champions in ac­tion.

“The team re­sumed train­ing on 2 Jan­uary, they are cur­rently do­ing two ses­sions a day. We have al­ways found BF as home away from home with good re­sults each time we play there. We hope all Zim­bab­weans will rally be­hind FCP re­gard­less of their lo­cal teams,’’ Chi­zondo said.

Last Wednesday, Zifa an­nounced that FC Plat­inum will play their Caf Champions League group stage matches at Bar­bour­fields af­ter the con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball gov­ern­ing body said Man­dava Sta­dium, the home of the Zim­bab­wean champions did not meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments to host any matches at this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

— @Mdaw­ini_29

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