Despite a record breaking attendance at the blockbuster clash on Sunday, CAPS United lost thousands of dollars in potential revenue amid revelations that some fans gained free entry into the stadium after the home side failed to contain and control the flow of football lovers who thronged the giant facility.
BY SPORTBRIEF REPORTER
Fans reportedly resorted to destroying the perimeter fence to gain access after they were delayed entry on the proper channels.
The use of Point Of Sales machines dragged the whole process as a result of slow connectivity emanating from congested networks.
The Premier Soccer League has since acknowledged the glitch.
“We apologise to the fans that were inconvenienced by the point-of-sale system (commonly referred to as swiping),” she said.
“The network was going up and down. But most of the fans came in with cash. The problem we had is that we had only 20 gates open, instead of 32.
“We had fans coming in in large numbers towards kick-off and there was a request to delay the start of the match. It was not possible because the television signal had already been received. We are aware that some fans had go back home because we had people still paying by half-time.”
Despite losing the Harare Derby to rivals Dynamos, CAPS United got one of their biggest cheques on the domestic scene at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday when the big game grossed $96 800.
A total of 18 007 fans paid their way to watch the first instalment of the blockbuster match. And after a deduction of $33 200 from the combined levies of 15 percent for the stadium, the Sports Commission levy, ZIFA and PSL levies, the club was left with a net amount of $63 600.