ZIFA hopes the coming on board of a local e-ticketing company for the crunch Warriors/ Congo Brazzaville game will not only curb revenue leakages that have dogged the association for years but also help sanitise the tattered image of the football mother body.
A local e-ticketing entity — Click and Pay — will for the first time handle online ticket sales for a Warriors match.
The move is a first for Zifa who have for years been using the traditional means of selling tickets at the turnstiles, despite advancement in ticketing technology across the globe.
The football association hopes to kill two birds or more with one stone.
First is the ‘‘disappearance’’ of money from ticket sales at the gates to well coordinated syndicates involving cashiers, security personnel and Zifa employees.
“The e-ticketing system will definitely prevent revenue leakages at the gates and no cashiers will be at the turnstiles to entertain any fans without tickets. Fans can buy the tickets in the comfort of their homes,” said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela.
Fans without tickets have no business anywhere near the stadium.
“Supporters without tickets in hand have no business in the vicinity of the stadium and we will make sure that there is adequate security, that is the police and private security guards, at the National Sports Stadium on the match day for easy flow of fans into the venue,” he said.
Zifa banks its money before the match.
Cash strapped Zifa, who for years have been deserted by the corporate world, have the perfect opportunity to regain public trust by announcing how much revenue was made from the Warriors/ Congo Brazzaville.
Click and Pay prides itself in being a proudly Zimbabwean company that offers a secure and reliable electronic ticketing platform to its customers.
Company official Lee Masuka says it’s impossible to duplicate tickets for the Warriors/ Congo Brazzaville match.
“Our ticketing system uses QR codes that are validated at the gates so we are confident that fake tickets will not make it into the stadium, our system is super fast in verifying every single ticket thus football fans will not be inconvenienced at the turnstiles,” said Masuka.
The company offers e-ticketing to sport, art, travel, business and general events, does not take cash at its offices but accepts electronic and mobile forms of payment.