LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on Thursday
announced that it had switched to computer-based ticket sales in
line with modern trends in football.
FAZ President Andrew
Kamanga said the move was also aimed at improving accountability
and transparency, adding that the new mode of ticketing was used
during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya last
weekend and would be used for the upcoming 2018 World Cup
qualifier against Nigeria next month.
“The Kenya match
last Sunday was the historic first where fans had to purchase
tickets through Shoprite stalls countrywide and it is expected
this mode of ticket sales shall be used for the upcoming crucial
World Cup qualifier against Nigeria on Oct. 9 in Ndola,” he
said, according to a statement posted on the association’s
He added that in
order to help fans to appreciate the system, the advertising and
marketing of the match will start early, adding that the
association had started implementing measures aimed at
According to him,
the association identified ticket sales as one area where funds
were being siphoned, adding that the move will put to end
previous experiences where fans were made to stand in queues to
buy tickets, a move that resulted in stampedes in some cases.
Zambia starts her
campaign for the 2018 World Cup with a home clash against
Nigeria on Oct. 9. Other teams in Group B are Algeria and
The 2012 Africa Cup
winners have failed to qualify for next year’s Africa soccer
showpiece after a poor qualifying campaign in which the national
team finished third in group.