Gate charges prevent fans from Zambian game, fans condemn new kit

Exorbitant gate charges by the Football Association of Zambia prevented many fans from seeing off and cheer the Chipolopolo boys final preparatory match with Norway on Saturday.

The Levy Mwanawasa stadium  in Ndola was virtually empty during the final warm-up international match before Zambia commences the defence of the title they won last February

The gate charges for the friendly international match against Norway were as follows:

VIP – KR500.00 (K500,000.00)

East Lower Deck – KR200.00 (K200,000.00)

West Lower Deck – KR250.00 (K250,000.00)

North Lower Deck – KR50.00 (K50,000.00)

South Lower Deck – KR50.00 (K50,000.00)

East Upper Deck – KR150.00 (K150,000.00)

West Upper Deck – KR200.00 (K200,000.00)

North Upper Deck – KR50.00 (K50,000.00)

South Upper Deck – KR50.00 (K50,000.00)

Meanwhile, many soccer fans are not happy with the design of the newly unveiled Zambia national team official shirt to be used in South Africa.

A cross-section of the fans spoken to said the new kit was a mockery to Zambian football and wished FAZ had maintained the old shirt or merely made a few modifications.

Some fans said the jersey was worse than prisoners uniforms instating that some imitations in the streets were even better for the boys.

But FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza told that the new shirts were tailored to be sold at a lower and affordable price so that thousands of fans can afford the official gear.

The Football Association of Zambia says the new official shirt of FAZ should not be sold for more than ZMW150.

Mwanza also warned all traders who have been dealing in “pirated” FAZ shirts, that with the cooperation of the state police and its intellectual property unit as well as local authorities, FAZ is commencing the confiscation of all products that are football related but not official.

On Sunday, Chipolopolo fly back to South Africa where they have been preparing since 26 December.

Chipolopolo commence the defence of her title with a January 21 fixture against Ethiopia before taking on Nigeria on the 25th and complete Group C business against Burkina Faso on the 29th.

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101 Responses to "Gate charges prevent fans from Zambian game, fans condemn new kit"

  1. noah nyachikanda   January 17, 2013 at 10:00

    Just as much as we would like to have a jersey that is affordable to the fans, the current jersey does not look presentable at all. How you look many a time has an impact on how you behave/perform. I just hope that our boys will not suffer from an inferiority complex and perform lousyly because that is just what that jersey depicts. God have mercy on us.

  2. henry mutakula   January 17, 2013 at 07:37

    the new jersey is simply unacceptable. FAZ should have involved the pubblic if that was any need to cahnge the design of the national team jersey because the team belongs to the public. there are alot of designers locally and i am sure a better design could have been achieved inviting local designers to bid for this job.

  3. Shad   January 16, 2013 at 21:49

    Please bring back the reebok jersey not what you have introduced that is bad mocking us when we are champions. PLEASE KALU CHANGE THE JERSEY WE REALLY BEG YOU ITS OUR TEAM NOT FAZ!!!!

  4. Mr. Teacher   January 16, 2013 at 21:04

    By the way, was there any outcry that we change the jersey? Eric ulitole sana. And were you happy that the seats were that empty. Mwanya ba shiti ba FAZ.

  5. the viper   January 16, 2013 at 20:50

    Let FAZ stop this No sense i use to watch the games for zambia national team 1994-1996 that jersey was mwaaaaaa i make no objections if we can return the white and stripped during the likes of kalusha bwalya and the kenneth malitoli not the shit they are doing,we still have days to change and put on clothes for the champions

  6. Chawa mtonga   January 16, 2013 at 16:12

    If that the jersey, our plays are putting on, am sory i will hav to change my team cause am not buying or supportin any team that’s pitin on that jersey….shame on you FAZ…

  7. mubita   January 16, 2013 at 13:43

    Ba Mwnza, chinese are there to carter for everyone. Moreover, kr150 is still too much for my liking. Stop lying and stealing

  8. Newtown   January 16, 2013 at 11:47

    To tell the truth and i know the truth pains and it will pain Eric, the kit is a fluke. faz has wasted our tax payer money.Just contain the pain and change the jersey quickly.we will do bad at afcon coz of this jersey.The lads know it they are just failling to come out.

  9. mopao mukonzi   January 16, 2013 at 10:27

    even the one they used in cosafa cup in 1997 was far much better than this shit

  10. Yamwela   January 16, 2013 at 10:09

    FAZ why dont you think of making Zambians happy? If your brains are between your balls please take them out and stick them in your ass.The kit for Africa champs is shit and the gate charges was robbery.

  11. Rich k   January 16, 2013 at 08:27

    That jersey has losers written all over it, ba zambia pliz ditch it no one likes that new nd poorly designed jersey

  12. WINA SIKAUNDI JR   January 16, 2013 at 07:24

    Somtimes i wonder what comes into people from faz`s minds.In other countries what they do is that they reduce the gate charges drasticaly so as to allow more supporters to cheer the team but what happened is nonsense and the kit, i dont know what foolish and stupid name to give it.

  13. REBASED ZULU   January 15, 2013 at 12:29

    Am sure pirated chinese one will even be better and will just cost kr30.00 and below

    • shi ngosa   January 15, 2013 at 20:44

      its there for KR50 and it makes sense

      • not decided yet 4 2016   January 16, 2013 at 14:23

        iwe 4 25k its there

  14. REBASED ZULU   January 15, 2013 at 12:09

    If it was for Tanzania national team it would have been okay but not our copper bullets

  15. volcano   January 15, 2013 at 08:51

    At first glance, I wondered why the Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa stadium was somewhat empty, little did i know it was due to inflated gate charges over a friendly match, with a poorly designed nations colours as our official kit! Brazil national soccer team and Everton FC are the only two teams in the world who are using a ragged design as football pitch suit. Its amazing that the champions have been subjected to rags from riches of our national heritage colours, thereby robbing the champs the deserved status even before the title defense starts in S.A. How can we defend our title in rags to say the least, huh? FAZ dress our champs in the winning colours in Libreville before we relinquish our championship to hungry Ghanaians and Drogba of Ivory Coast who still claim we won the title by fluke.

  16. Vilifier   January 15, 2013 at 08:17

    It’s funny how Eric Mwanza thinks he will stop imitation by issuing warnings in the comfort of his office. Imitations are even sold within the stadium premises and car park.

  17. Clem   January 15, 2013 at 05:08

    If the original jersey is lik that what more chinese one?
    Shame on FAZ use that one which we used to win afco coz it
    is recognised worldwide

    • REBASED ZULU   January 15, 2013 at 12:07

      I agree with you, i was even telling my friend over beer that the new jersey will be the easiest ever to be imitated by the Chinese am sure before kick of the jersey will be on the market from china and will look same because the new jersey looks like a pirated one.shame on who ever designed it.

  18. Kalito   January 15, 2013 at 04:54

    Why do we pretend that FAZ owns the stadoum? Were we not told that it costs K200mil/month to maintain? The problem with paying peanuts is that you cause damage to the infrastructure. Better its half full and it doesnt cost us to repair damage caused by the monkeys attracted by peanuts charged!

    Lets learn to pay for value! Speaking of which,FAZ should learn to consult. Before the AfCON they could have engaged the public to submit kit designs like RSA did for its Olympics kit! Price would have included vip ticket to a match or recognition of the designer etc! No creativity pa Zed!

  19. Martin Phiri   January 14, 2013 at 22:01

    To b honest the new jersey is amiss (Muzatipangisa manyazi)plz consider redesigning the same green one,tapapata ba Faz President naba Erick plz 4 the sake of us Zambians DON’T USE THOSE GO’NGAS

  20. kobe vryant   January 14, 2013 at 21:23

    Its nt gud anywer nt sayn match wish u all da best zambia I wll watch all matches lve in sa frm a_z

  21. sakent   January 14, 2013 at 16:55

    feck kit get back to the winning one before Saturday, eric mwanza stop making decisions on your own,that’s not your team.

  22. Dodo Extinct   January 14, 2013 at 16:44

    The so called new jersey for Chipolopolo is really pathetic, Eric Mwanza was proudly telling us that the new jersey would be in the same class as Brazil, Chelsea and other champions Lol! what a joke, while there is still time let Nike design something benefiting champions, the old jersey had become synonymous with Zambia, it was a pride of everyone even in foreign countries, twice i had to part away with my green jersey, as people wanted them, these were not Zambians, the problem is not pirated replicas, but marketing strategies, Check all national teams worldwide, the jersey is a symbol of national character and flag, for us green the prominent colour, then other colours come out in the designs. FAZ should conduct a design Chipolopolo jersey competition, u will see how good the jersey will be, sorry the new jersey is a MISS.

  23. jojo   January 14, 2013 at 16:31

    FAZ is no different from the rest of the Country a deficit of leadership.Kalusha Bwalya is an accident to be the President of FAZ he was a great football player but not a leader of a business entity like FAZ just like the many Politicians who have been elected into office who have accomplished nothing for their constituencies.The game between Norway and Zambia would have been a huge morale booster to the fans FAZ was suppose to charge a flat rate of K10 the stadium would have full to capacity.Fire Kalusha Bwalya FAZ needs leadership

  24. mwelwa   January 14, 2013 at 16:28

    I am not happy with new jersery it will make us not reach the FINALS of the AFCON.PLEASE use the OLD jersey PLS PLS PLS. FAZ committe WAKE UP!

  25. Holiness   January 14, 2013 at 16:25

    Those condemning the new Zambia strip, should watch Everton and I’m sure they will tell the similarility expept for the colours ( blue and white ) for Everton otherwise the design is exactly the same with Chipolopolo.

    • brutal lawyer24   January 14, 2013 at 20:36

      Everton is not a nice team, they don’t even win, get a design from peopke who win!

  26. Concerned Zambian   January 14, 2013 at 16:13

    Faz lost a huge chance to make money. Charges were indeed too high.

  27. The Observer   January 14, 2013 at 16:13

    Kalusha is a pathetic thief!

  28. lerato   January 14, 2013 at 15:58

    The old jersey is better and last game charges were too high. for what?

  29. Sway   January 14, 2013 at 15:51

    Chelsea returned 912 tickets allocated to their fans for a game at Asernal because they were deemed very expensive at 62 Pounds which is less than K500 these rebased chaps at FAZ were charging for a friendly.

  30. kupunya mwa mukata   January 14, 2013 at 15:37

    pivot simwanza, a FAZ committee member is busy selling the new jerseys at his ndola shop at kr300 when these idiots are busy announcing that they are supposed to be sold at k150. its a shame

    • no jelous   January 14, 2013 at 16:53

      But his quality is better than than the FAZ circus.

  31. Mwagionela   January 14, 2013 at 15:37

    Imwe ba Chi Watch dog.Were are my comments.You are posting only anti Kalu comments!

  32. GK   January 14, 2013 at 15:32

    Imwe bafi colour, I am looking for land in Lusaka, preferably Lusaka West. Anyone knows anything?

  33. Jack   January 14, 2013 at 15:28

    Bt y ddnt u complain b4 da game?Eimwe mulolelafye ngafyabipa,if fans where full u cud v praised FAZ.B real mwebantu

  34. KING ATASe!   January 14, 2013 at 15:28

    I have no sympathy for the Copperbelt kaponyas who are complaining. Satana did not say that you would KEEP more money in your pockets. If you get more money in your pockets, he will find ways of taking it away. This is one way. The other is higher mealie meal prices, higher school fees, higher rentals, higher fuel prices. So you got more money in your pockets, huh!!