The Football Association of Malawi has assured football loving Malawians of tight security and safety measures at Thursday’s 2023 AFCON group Qualifier between Ethiopia and Egypt at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Following last Sunday’s unfortunate incidents at Malawi versus Ethiopia match at the same venue, where some fans broke one of the gates and invaded the stadium without tickets, FAM says it is working with Malawi Police to ensure there is tight security and order in accessing the stadium on Thursday.
FAM General Secretary Alfred Gunda has urged fans to buy their tickets in advance by Wednesday and come to the stadium in good time to avoid congestions in accessing the stadium.
“We assure the fans that their safety is paramount, and we want them to come and enjoy the match and the evening without any worries.
“We are working with Police to ensure that there is tight security as the match will be played at night for the first time in many years and they have assured us of adequate Police resources to handle the situations and ensure smooth entry into the stadium.
“Last Sunday we opened the gates in good time, but most fans came close to kick off and this created congestion . For Thursday match, we are appealing to the fans to come in good time so that they easily access the stadium.
“Tickets have gone on sale from Tuesday and will be sold up until Wednesday evening. There will be no sale of tickets on match day. So only those with tickets should come to the stadium.
“We are calling on all the fans to collaborate because CAF has Zero tolerance on crowd trouble, and we may face stiffer sanctions and lose the privilege of watching our national team at home. We all have the responsibility to ensure the match ends well and understand that it is the image of our country that is at stake,” said Gunda.
He added that FAM has lined up entertainment activities with Musician Quest set to perform at least three hours before the match to ensure that fans that come early to the stadium are not bored.
FAM is organising the match on behalf of the Ethiopia FA as CAF banned stadium in the East African country.
The tickets prices are as follows: K3,000 standard tickets, K15,000 VIP ticket, K20,000 Corporate Box ticket and K500 car pass