Mmegi Online :: UB stadium fees hiked to P30,000
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Friday 19 July 2019, 12:42 pm.
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UB stadium fees hiked to P30,000

The Premier League's big three, Township Rollers Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United are crying foul over the University of Botswana (UB) stadium fee increase that will require them to fork out P30, 000 to use the facility.
By Staff Writer Sat 20 Jul 2019, 14:50 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: UB stadium fees hiked to P30,000








All along, the three clubs which have been the main users of the facility, have paid P10, 000 per game, but the university has written a letter to the clubs notifying them of the increase. Botswana Football Association (BFA) acting chief executive officer, Tariq Babitseng confirmed the development.

"They have written to clubs saying the fee will now be P30, 000. No team can afford that. In any case, when it was P10, 000 it was used by three or four teams," Babitseng told Mmegi Sport.Gaborone United secretary Hebert Letsebe confirmed receipt of  the letter, adding that the new fee is unreasonable."This is beyond the teams, we cannot afford to pay P30, 000 because we cannot even make that from gate takings. How do we pay P30, 000 for a stadium when I know we will make a loss," Letsebe said.Chiefs' communications manager, Clifford Mogomotsi said fans were likely to feel the pinch because of this increase.

"It calls for other measures to be considered, we believe the value of football is going up and this is likely to hit back on the supporters. Not all the teams will be able

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to use the facility at that rate. We will probably see one or two games there, small clubs are suffering," said Mogomotsi.He, however, added the move by UB to increase the fees should challenge clubs to move towards having their own football facilities. Meanwhile, the decision to take the last two be MOBILE Premiership games to Maun bore mixed outcomes. Gaborone United played Township Rollers, while Mochudi Centre Chiefs clashed with BDF XI. GU-Rollers are said to have made P95, 000 while Chiefs-BDF made P45, 000.Letsebe said GU used the opportunity to recruit more supporters.

"It worked for us because we recruited more supporters, we branded Maun with our colours and we have opened a branch there. We sold our merchandise there, but most importantly the GU family grew."Unconfirmed reports are that people took advantage when the lights went off before the start of the game and got into the stadium for free.On the other hand, Mogomotsi said: "It worked from different angles, the exposure was good for the boys. It was also good to give the Maun people a taste of Premier League football. It's positive."

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