ARUSHA city is buzzing ahead of the eagerly awaited Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) quarterfinal battle pitting giants Simba and Madini FC at the Shekh Amri Abeid Kaluta Stadium in Arusha on Sunday.
It will be ‘David versus Goliath’ like battle as the Second Division side is ready to put a stone into its sling and slung it towards the Mainland Premier League leaders.
As the match draw closer, organisers have announced entrance fee and for those who want to watch the match, safely sheltered in the shade, they will need to pay premium.
Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium, featuring concrete stair stalls, has a small area with a roof above it and this socalled ‘Booth A’ is what is usually labelled VIP section and sitting inside this section will attract the charge of 20,000/- during the highly anticipated next Sunday game.
On the right side of the VIP booth lie the rows making up stalls ‘B-1’ and people sitting on this area will be subjected to fork out 7,000/-, an amount which will also be paid by those sitting on ‘Stalls B-2’ in the left.
The rest of the stadium rows, Stalls C-1 and C-2 will be charged 5,000/- per ticket and it is expected that, people will be fill- ing into the Sheikh Amri Abeid from 4.00 p m in the evening.
However, with only three days left, football lovers here are still not sure where to get tickets for the match and complain against the last minute scramble for entrance should the organisers decide to open shop on the same day of the match.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) representative here, Omary Walii, said all tickets for the Sunday match are being printed in Dar es Salaam and once they are ready, they will be brought here for sale.
Simba’s Assistant Coach, Jackson Mayanja said he was confident that his team will emerge victorious in their Sunday match against Madini, despite the fact that the latter will be playing at their backyard.
“Almost all our players are in good health, fit and sound ready for the match,” said Mayanja, explaining that the only unfit player is Zimbabwean central defender Method Mwanjale, who is undergoing treatment in Dar es Salaam after picking an injury during the league match against Tanzania Prisons.