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Gate charges hike blows in Bosso executives' face

by Staff reporter
24 May 2024 at 08:33hrs | Views
Highlanders' decision to increase prices for their match against Manica Diamonds in a Castle Lager Premiership fixture played yesterday didn't go as planned, with fewer than 5,000 fans turning up to watch the game.

The club raised ticket prices in an attempt to manage expenses following a busy weekend where their women's team had a commitment in Mutare, and the men's senior side played a league match against the power utility side in Kariba.

Highlanders argued that they needed to finance their upcoming away match against Greenfuel, justifying the price hike from the usual $3 to $5 for entry to the rest of the ground. Social media comments suggested that the mid-week fixture would attract a smaller crowd than usual, especially given the team's poor form, with some fans openly criticizing the decision and calling for a boycott.

The approximately 4,000 fans who attended the match faced the reality that Highlanders struggled without their usual strong crowd support, especially evident in their match against Manica Diamonds.

The decision to increase prices seemed to invite crowd unrest, exacerbated by questionable calls from referee Lawrence Zimondi and time-wasting tactics from Manica Diamonds.

Highlanders' coach, Kelvin Kaindu, faced challenges with the team's performance, lacking the quality and zeal needed for success. The team's shortcomings were evident across all departments, indicating a need for significant changes or rebuilding.

As they prepare for their upcoming match against Greenfuel, Highlanders will hope for improved fortunes and a more cohesive performance. Yesterday's match highlighted defensive vulnerabilities and midfield struggles, indicating areas needing improvement for the team.

Source - the herald
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