No cheap tickets FK tells fans

Published on 24/06/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

The era of cheap football match tickets are gone, Football Kenya has announced.

The company’s vice-chairman, Titus Kasuve, says local fans must be prepared to pay more to watch matches involving the national team Harambee Stars.

“It costs almost Sh5m to organise a home match and we must recoup the expenses from gate collections. We have no other source of income,” he said.

EABL chief executive, Gerald Mahinda (second left) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) present a cheque of Sh2.3m to be shared by Harambee Stars players and technical officials as per the incentive scheme. Also in the picture is Sports Minister Helen Sambili (left). [PHOTO: COURTESY]

Kasuve was reacting to complaints by some fans that it has become prohibitive to watch the national team in the past two matches where the cheapest ticket was sold for Sh300.

Players’ allowances

He explained that some of the expenses they have to meet include players’ allowances, accommodation and local transport costs.

“We have doubled the players’ allowances to Sh3,000 per day and this must come from the gate collections,” he said.

He added: “FKL has no other source of funds except the national team. It is the only product we have to sell out there to sustain our activities.”

Kasuve said the increase in the cost of living has also pushed up ticket prices.

The official said he hopes world body Fifa will allow them to use Nyayo National Stadium for the next World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

“We did a good job in organising the last match at the weekend. We hope Fifa were impressed to allow us use Nyayo Stadium,” he said.

He called on the Ministry of Sports to avail funds to make the required renovations on the Nairobi West-based facility.

Challenge Cup

“What is needed is not much. The Sports Stadia Management Board can easily make the renovations provided they receive funds and then the facility can be ready for use,” he added.

The FKL official said they are working on organising an international build-up match for the national team on August 12 at home. This is the Fifa date for international matches.

He called on Mombasa and Kisumu Municipal Councils to bid for hosting some of the matches for the regional East and Central Senior Challenge Cup that will be hosted by Kenya in October.

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