Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has commenced advance sales of tickets for the FDH Bank Cup semifinal involving bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Fam Commercial and Marketing Director Limbani Matola said the advance ticket sales were part of preparations for the Blantyre derby.
“We are implementing an advance ticketing model and tickets were distributed to all outlets on Monday, September 19. The advance tickets window runs until Friday, September 23. This affords fans the opportunity of more time to purchase match day tickets.
“The tickets are competitively priced to enable our fans to watch and support their beloved teams. Fam has gone further to offer discount incentives on all tickets bought in advance, thereby guaranteeing some savings to the fans,” Matola said.
Standard advance tickets are going at K3,000 with an extra K1,000 for match day tickets.
VIP advance tickets are being sold at K10,000, with match day tickets going at K12,000, whereas corporate box advance tickets are going at K150,000 for 10 people. The tickets would cost K200,000 on match day.
On safety and security, Matola said the association has engaged two private security firms to support police and stewards.
“In collaboration with BNS management, we are also increasing access points [gates] into the stadium. We are opening additional gates for motor vehicles coming through the Mtandire side and two additional access points on both sides for the fans.
“This means that access points into the stadium have been doubled, effectively reducing congestion when entering and going out of the stadium,” he said.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga appealed to fans from the two giants to buy the advance tickets, saying they are cheaper.
“Advance tickets are convenient and cheaper to buy. It is pleasing that football fans are now used to buying such tickets. We are therefore appealing to them to continue doing so for the Saturday match,” Chigoga said.
Wanderers and Bullets last met at BNS in the Airtel Top 8 Cup semifinal in 2018.
The winner between the two teams will face Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve, who made it into the final after edging Mchinji-based Central Region Football Association League Premier Division side Extreme FC 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.