21 March 2017
CAPS United are attributing the big attendance at National Sports Stadium on Sunday to the good performance by the team.
Despite hiking gate charges for rest of the ground to US$5 per individual against TP Mazembe, CAPS United still got one of their best attendance in recent seasons.
The team did not disappoint as they played a goalless draw against mighty TP Mazembe, ejecting the former champions from the CAF Champions league in the process.
CAPS chief executive Cuthbert Chitima said a crowd of 13 528 paid their way into the stadium, something that saw them grossing more than US$70 000 before expenses.
“For as long as we are playing well and getting results, the fans will always come to the stadium. I think basically that explains why we had a such a good crowd, a bigger crowd than the last Harare derby,” Chitima said.
“It is very important for the team to continue doing well if we are to experience such good attendance to our matches.
“I think a good example is that when some of the big teams we know are not playing well, the crowds do not come in their numbers. But whenever they are in top form, it makes a difference.
“So that number of 13 528 is basically the number that paid their way into the stadium, not those invited in the VVIP section.”
The CAPS United chief also said they will now be trying to be strict in terms of regulating the VVIP section.
On Sunday, some TP Mazembe fans tried to get access to the section coming from the field, without proper invites.
“We feel those that should be in the VVIP section are the government officials, the sponsors, the invited senior people from certain organisations and top club officials. The media section has its place just below the VVIP section.
“In the past it has been about which person knows who and they easily get access. We need to improve on that as a club,” said Chitima.
CAPS United face Highlanders in their next game, the ZNA charities final, at National Sports Stadium, a match expected to attract another huge crowd.