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Duplicate ticket scam hits Notwane

Notwane may have lost thousands in Pulas after some fans allegedly used duplicate tickets for the club's 2013/2014 season home matches.
By Thato Kala Wed 09 Oct 2013, 22:11 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Duplicate ticket scam hits Notwane








The club has since instructed the ticket printers and Botswana Premier League (BPL) they will now print their home game tickets to avoid duplications.

Notwane chairman, Gift Mogapi confirmed the issue saying they had lost an estimated P115, 000 in gate takings in their game against Township Rollers recently. He added Notwane had already ordered a ticket printing machine and will start printing their tickets when the device arrives.

"Our home game against Rollers was big in terms of attendance, but we sold less (tickets) and had more people in the stadium. We lost about P115, 000 and I decided to take a hard stance after having P115, 000 missing through duplicates. I decided I will not use the (existing) system. With regards to our games, we will not have any avenue to sell except ourselves," Mogapi told Mmegi Sport.

Efforts to thwart all other ticket outlets before the Mochudi Centre Chiefs game on Saturday including Spar proved futile as some fans still turned up with tickets bought from Spar.

"We still experienced tickets coming from Spar; it was quite a shock for us. It's a thorny issue and I was upset about it. We had to go back to the producers of the tickets to inquire on how that happened. I got an explanation which blamed everything on miscommunication," he said.

Mogapi, who is also BPL vice chairman, revealed that at the game against Wonder Sporting, he deployed people to sell tickets and some to monitor the sales.

His findings were that there were more people in the stadium than the number of tickets sold.

In the game against Rollers, Mogapi said he requested ticket stubs not to be destroyed so they could verify the numbers after the game.

"I had requested for those not to be destroyed so we could count them, and from the tickets we had after game there was a huge disparity and clear duplications in terms of ticket numbers," he said.

Mogapi believes the scam may be affecting all other teams and has suggested that it be looked into.

However, Mochudi Centre Chiefs' manager, Clifford Mogomotsi said they had not yet experienced the ticket challenge.

"Since they were the hosts they were in charge of Saturday's game, but it has not been a problem for us in the past. It might be a new trend," he said.

Gaborone United secretary, Hebert Letsebe said they had not faced the same challenge.

"We do not have anything that could make us suspicious that tickets were duplicated," he said.



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