Effective January next year the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) will introduce electronic tickets for all international and league matches to be played in the country’s stadiums.
The federation’s secretary general, Angetile Osiah, said the introduction would boost collection and do away with counterfeit tickets,
He said the CRDB Bank will be in charge of the electronic tickets after winning a tender floated by the football federation early this year.
The transformation into the new ticket sales pattern is expected to ease congestion at sales’ vendors and availability to many football fans across the country.
Osiah said a confirmation of the new ticket sales format will be confirmed by the CRDB Bank officials who are expected to hold a press conference later this week for clarification.
The CRDB Bank experts have been busy analysing how best to install a system that would ease marketing of the tickets in the new format.
The CRDB Bank has also been busy in inspecting facilities at the various stadiums where the Mainland premier football league matches are being staged.
“We hope the new ticket sales format would highly minimise not only congestions but also clear doubt on the sales volume realised during premiership matches,” said Osiah.
Premiership teams have been complaining on loss of revenue resulting from counterfeit tickets bought by football fans wishing to access the stadiums.
Young Africans officials were the first to complain on loss of revenue, particularly during their first leg derby of the Mainland premiership against archrivals Simba played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on October 3.
A controversy prevailed over attendance statistics when the Tanzania Football Federation indicated only 50,445 spectators accessed the National Stadium on that day.
A South African television channel that televised live the match had their commentators announcing the number of spectators as 59,000.
The National Stadium spectators’ capacity is 60,000 and the disparity in attendance figure shocked Young Africans officials whose team earned
93m/- after deduction from the gross revenue collection amounting to 390.568m/-.
So far it is not known whether the new system would boost revenue at the stadiums as the cost of processing the tickets will be low or high depending on how the CRDB Bank would charge for the services to be rendered.
Pilferage in tickets has prevailed for many years and the new system looks to be a salvation to the football federation in curbing counterfeit tickets.
Besides counterfeit tickets, the system would also relegate middlemen who used to hoard tickets before reselling at black markets.
The Mainland premiership is expected to resume on January 26 as Young Africans have opened a five-point gap over second placed Azam at the top of the standings table.