The Zimbabwe national soccer team missed training on Thursday afternoon after the players were denied entry into the National Sports Stadium in an incident where ZIFA allegedly failed to effect outstanding fees that are mandatory for use of the NSS.
It is also believed that the authorities at the NSS are said to have demanded the number of tickets sold through click and pay platform and physical tickets which were sold since February.
ZIFA had successfully kept the figures of the sold tickets under wraps until yesterday when during an interview ZIFA President Felton Kamambo told the media that about 10 000 tickets have been sold until yesterday (Wednesday).
“I can not tell the exact number of tickets but they are slightly above 10 000 at the moment,” said Kamambo.
The Sports Recreation commission is liable to takes a certain percentage from the gate takings of any game played at the 60 000 seater stadium.
Our inside source revealed that a row erupted between ZIFA and
Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing along with the Sports and Recreation Commission over the use of the stadium.
“The issue of miscommunication and non-payment. ZIFA did not meet its obligation so as per procedure they had to be barred from entering the stadium,” revealed our source.
ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela was not available for comment at the time of publication.
The Warriors have a crunch tie with Congo -Brazaville on March 24 at the same stadium where President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be in attendance, according to top government officials who spoke to this publication.