Explaining the reason for the recent increase in gate charges for the first round second leg match against TP Mazembe in Harare on Sunday,CAPS United CEO, Cuthbert Chitima, said the move was influenced by huge costs incurred in hosting champions league matches. He also revealed that the club made a loss of nearly USD$20 000 when they hosted Lioli FC.
Speaking to journalists Chitima said:
The reason why we increased though is that if you look at the game that we played against Lioli, I will be honest with you, it was a loss game [coming] close to USD$20 000, and for that I can give you the figures and you can see for yourselves. That’s exactly what happened with that particular game. The cost of hosting these teams is enormous; it’s not anything that is small. And if you look at when we played against Lioli, our referees were coming from Botswana [and] it was [even] cheaper for us. Now referees are coming from Seychelles, and [the costs] of just accommodating the referees, the airfares and the allowances, it’s coming close to USD$20 000.
CAPS United will charge USD$5 up from USD$3 for rest of the ground, while charging USD$20 up from USD$10 for VIP tickets with VVIP tickets pegged at USD$50 up from USD$20. Chitima said that the budget for the return leg against TP Mazembe at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday was just under USD$40 000.