THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has banned bulk buying of tickets for African champions, Chipolopolo's high-profile farewell friendly match against Norway on January 12 in Ndola.
Announcing the gate charges for the match which will be Zambia's last on home soil before kicking off the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title defence, FAZ treasurer, Kelvin Mutafu said the decision was meant to help curb reselling of tickets on the black market.
Mutafu said in Ndola yesterday FAZ had engaged Zampost to sale the tickets at their outlets across Zambia and assured the fans that tickets would be offloaded on the market in good time to avoid panic buying.
He advised all fans to buy tickets from Zampost outlets, warning that the law would be applied heavily on those caught with counterfeit tickets.
The FAZ treasurer said the tickets would bare both old and rebased Kwacha prizes to ensure the fans were not swindled by some unscrupulous people.
Mutafu also said the match organising committee and security wings would be on the look-out for any potential vandal at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
He appealed to fans to turn up in numbers to give the national team a befitting farewell by filling the stadium to the rafters.
Being the first time that a European national team was playing in Zambia, Mutafu said FAZ deliberately courted Norway to give fans a memorable experience before the Chipolopolo head back to South Africa to defend the AFCON title.
He said the match would kick-off at 14:00 hours to enable Norway connect back to Oslo immediately after the match.
Mutafu also advised the fans to leave their vehicles and instead use public transport to avoid traffic congestion.
FAZ has pegged the charges for the VIP stand at K500,000 while the west and east lower decks will fetch K250,000 with the upper decks costing K200,000.
The north and south wings will cost K50,000 all round.