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ZIFA announces entry prices for upcoming World Cup qualifier match against Lesotho

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has announced the gate charges for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier match against Lesotho for the upcoming month.

Reportedly, the crucial match is slated for June 07, 2024 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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ZIFA’s post on its official social media handle of Facebook reads that the Rest of the Ground will be charged R50 for adults and R30 for kids aged Under-12.

As per the sources, the football association has also indicated that tickets will be available online via a link that is shared on the same post.

The association announced on social media that Zimbabwe versus Lesotho tickets are now available, for Adults R50 will be charged and for Kids U-12 R20 will be charged.

Zimbabwe Warriors are hosting Lesotho in a foreign land due to the unavailability of functional stadiums that can host CAF and FIFA international matches.

Considerably, after hosting Lesotho, Zimbabwe will then play South Africa at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on June 11, 2024.

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Earlier, both the National Sports and Rufaro Stadiums used to host international games that were banned by CAF upon failing to meet the minimum required standards.

Notably, CAF requires Zimbabwe to refurbish its stadiums to host international matches. some of the CAF requirements include installation of bucket seats, electronic turnstiles, a Venue Operations Centre (VOC) and renovation of the B-Arena.

Furthermore, the sporting facilities have become an eyesore following the negligence of the government and the municipality.

Orlando Stadium
Orlando Stadium

Orlando Stadium is located in the heart of Soweto and boasts a rich and proud history that dates back to 1959 when it was originally built.

The stadium has been demolished and rebuilt from scratch at a cost of R280 million, the new look Orlando Stadium can welcome the crowd of 37,139 spectators that includes 21 hospitality suites, two open hospitality areas, conference rooms, a gymnasium and a 200-seater auditorium.

It is considered as the ‘Mecca of South African Football’ and is a home to local giants and the winners of 1995 CAF Champions League Winners – Orlando Pirates. The venue has also moved up as the popularity ranks for its hosting skills in major sports and entertainment events.

Back in 2010, Orlando Stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Kickoff Concert which featured some of the biggest music acts in South Africa and abroad, namely Hugh Masekela, the Parlotones, Freshly Ground, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Alicia Keys, John Legend, the Black-Eyed Peas and the Football Anthem singer Shakira.

The venue then continued to raise the benchmark in South African history as it hosted the first ever rugby matches when the 2010 Vodacom SuperRugby competition semi-final and final matches were hosted at the Orlando Stadium.

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