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Covid-19 shutters Silver electronic ticketing plans

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Thokozani Chimbali

Silver Strikers’ plans to implement electronic ticketing system this year have been shuttered following their failure to import some machinery due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The remarks come at a time when there is a glimmer of hope that football would return in the country as the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 is examining Ministry of Sports’ proposal on sports return.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said they will not implement electronic ticketing system this year as the project is yet to be finalised.

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He said they did not install some of the equipment having failed to import machinery due to travel restrictions following the pandemic.

“Our plan was to use electronic ticketing system for all our home matches in the 2020 season. We wanted to do this to avoid fake tickets. We bought equipment in China but unfortunately we are yet to receive part of it. So we can’t roll out the project this year but next year,” he said.

Earlier this year, Silver said the club would install e-ticketing gadgets at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe to scan all tickets for home matches as part of its commercialisation drive.

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Chimbali said the electronic ticketing process was already agreed and approved by both Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom).

However, Chimbali said should football return this year the club would implement preselling of tickets to maximise revenue.

Silver will be the first club to introduce electronic ticketing in the country once the process is completed.

Last Friday, the club also launched its official website for easy communication, marketing of players and generating revenue through adverts.

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