Ugandans will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets after local soccer body, Fufa, increased entrance fees for the must-win 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in just over a month’s time.
The Cranes, level on 10 points with Burkina Faso in Group D but second because of an inferior head-to-head with the Burkinabe, welcome Comoros to Namboole on September 3 knowing victory of any kind will land them a berth at next year’s finals in Gabon.
Gold tickets (VVIP) tickets for the match will cost Shs150,000, an increment of Shs30,000 from what was charged in previous home match.
VIP tickets will cost Shs60,000, up from Shs50,000, while ordinary coupons will cost Shs25,000, a Shs5,000 increment.
“We have made this increment because we have to invest over Shs300m in Cranes preparations,” explained Fufa’s International Matches Organising Committee chairman, Patrick Ogwel.
“We also want to secure special security at the match venue,” he added, citing other operational costs like accommodation and tickets for professional players which he says stretch the Fufa coffers further.
Ogwel told the media at Mengo on Wednesday that they plan to print only 42,319 tickets to meet Namboole’s capacity, which will help curb overcrowding witnessed in previous big matches.
AFCON 2017 Qualifiers
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Uganda Cranes vs Comoros – Nelson Mandela National Stadium, 4pm