Lack of football fans at stadia under spotlight

By Lawrence Trusida Sport Editor
FOOTBALL stakeholders believe there is more to the lack of fans at match venues than just the issue of poor marketing.
Back in the day, Highlanders used to fill up Barbourfields stadium in Bulawayo while the situation was the same for Dynamos and Caps United at either Rufaro or National sports stadium
Now it’s rare to find five thousand fans in a match and the recent big match between Caps United and Highlanders attracted just over three thousand fans.
But what has gone or is there even anything wrong with football still recovering from the Covid-19 setback?

“There are a lot of factors, covid is key amongst that because some people are not vaccinated while others just don’t want to hang out in big crowd,” said a fan.
“It’s a sad situation indeed but there are other issues of cause marketing is one of the reasons the league and clubs are not marketing their product then also the price money, maybe let’s reduce it to a dollar or two and see if that won’t change,” observed another fan.
“There are various issues bhora racho rakubhowa (football is now boring) when last did we have a striker scoring 20 goals then also the covid situation changed everything so we need to start marketing football as a new product,” said another fan
Dynamos coach, Tonderai Ndiraya believes clubs should do more to entice fans to attend matches.
“Players thrive on fans so we need them and we are really concerned I think clubs should find ways to get fans to stadiums even like finding a shuttle from town to the National Sports Stadium, it’s just my idea but we need to think differently to attract fans,” noted Ndiraya.
Meanwhile, the clash between title aspirants Ngezi Platinum Stars and on fire Dynamos at Baobab stadium this Saturday will headline match day 11 fixtures.
However, action kicks-off on Friday as Harare City host Tenax at the National Sports Stadium, while on Saturday unpredictable Herentals take on Triangle at the same venue.
On the same day, Bulawayo City battles FC Platinum at Barbourfields stadium while Black Rhinos will be entertaining ZPC Kariba at Sakubva stadium.
Struggling Whawha, host log leaders Chicken Inn at Ascot stadium in Gweru.
On Sunday, three matches will be played as Highlanders welcome Cranborne Bullets to Barbourfields stadium, while Manica Diamonds will be up against Bulawayo Chiefs and Caps United take on Yadah in the last match of the weekend.