Zambia/Uganda: Scramble for Uganda Clash VIPTickets

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Zambia's Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates the goal he scored to take his side to the finals. (File Photo)

FORTY-EIGHT hours before tickets for Zambia's crucial 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Uganda go on sale, Football House is overwhelmed by the demand for VIP and western wing lower deck seats at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Despite the VIP and western wing lower deck seats fetching K400,000 and K200,000, respectively, several fans have already placed their orders to purchase tickets for the AFCON qualifying match set for next Saturday.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager, Erick Mwanza said there was a huge demand for the most expensive tickets and that they were selling like hot cakes even before the official start of the ticket sales on Monday.

Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that tickets were being sold at first-come, first-serve basis and that Football House was already taking bookings.

He said so far, there were no queries for tickets ranging from K30, 000 to K150, 000 for other wings.

Mwanza said FAZ decided to offer tickets at discount rates to ensure as many fans as possible were given the chance to watch the Chipolopolo begin their AFCON title defence against the Cranes on September 8 and appealed to fans to avoid last-minute panic buying.

The FAZ spokesperson said it was regrettable that during the 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Ghana, some unscrupulous people bought some tickets and re-sold them on the day of the match at exorbitant prices to desperate fans.

Mwanza advised fans to visit Zesco customer service centres in Lusaka and the Copperbelt to buy tickets when they go on sale on Monday and also Ndola's Savoy Hotel, Hotel Edinburg in Kitwe, Football House and Axis Centre on Cairo Road in Lusaka.

And the Chipolopolo will be heading into camp tomorrow in Ndola to begin preparations for the 2013 AFCON qualifying match against the Cranes.

Coach Herve Renard is expecting a full house by Tuesday when all foreign-based are expected at Michelangelo Lodge in Ndola after featuring for their respective clubs.

Mwanza said the Ugandan team, which is expected in Ndola by Thursday, would be accommodated at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.

And Yvonne Sakala reports that four under-20 national team players have been dropped from the squad currently preparing for next month's 2013 African Youth Championship last round first-leg match against Mali billed for Nkoloma Stadium.

Mwanza confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that four players had been dropped leaving 30 players in camp. He would give details later.

Mwanza said the team broke camp on Thursday to play in league matches for their respective clubs and would regroup on Tuesday at the FAZ technical centre.

Meanwhile, Under-20 head coach Keagan Mumba said he was impressed with the performance of players, adding that the players were responding well to training.

FORTY-EIGHT hours before tickets for Zambia's crucial 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Uganda go on sale, Football House is overwhelmed by the demand for VIP and western wing lower deck seats at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Despite the VIP and western wing lower deck seats fetching K400,000 and K200,000, respectively, several fans have already placed their orders to purchase tickets for the AFCON qualifying match set for next Saturday.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager, Erick Mwanza said there was a huge demand for the most expensive tickets and that they were selling like hot cakes even before the official start of the ticket sales on Monday.

Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that tickets were being sold at first-come, first-serve basis and that Football House was already taking bookings.

He said so far, there were no queries for tickets ranging from K30, 000 to K150, 000 for other wings.

Mwanza said FAZ decided to offer tickets at discount rates to ensure as many fans as possible were given the chance to watch the Chipolopolo begin their AFCON title defence against the Cranes on September 8 and appealed to fans to avoid last-minute panic buying.

The FAZ spokesperson said it was regrettable that during the 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Ghana, some unscrupulous people bought some tickets and re-sold them on the day of the match at exorbitant prices to desperate fans.

Mwanza advised fans to visit Zesco customer service centres in Lusaka and the Copperbelt to buy tickets when they go on sale on Monday and also Ndola's Savoy Hotel, Hotel Edinburg in Kitwe, Football House and Axis Centre on Cairo Road in Lusaka.

And the Chipolopolo will be heading into camp tomorrow in Ndola to begin preparations for the 2013 AFCON qualifying match against the Cranes.

Coach Herve Renard is expecting a full house by Tuesday when all foreign-based are expected at Michelangelo Lodge in Ndola after featuring for their respective clubs.

Mwanza said the Ugandan team, which is expected in Ndola by Thursday, would be accommodated at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.

And Yvonne Sakala reports that four under-20 national team players have been dropped from the squad currently preparing for next month's 2013 African Youth Championship last round first-leg match against Mali billed for Nkoloma Stadium.

Mwanza confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that four players had been dropped leaving 30 players in camp. He would give details later.

Mwanza said the team broke camp on Thursday to play in league matches for their respective clubs and would regroup on Tuesday at the FAZ technical centre.

Meanwhile, Under-20 head coach Keagan Mumba said he was impressed with the performance of players, adding that the players were responding well to training.

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