Zimbabwe And Brazil Match Netted US$ 600 000

According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) the organisers of the match said some funds were still to be collected from corporates who bought tickets for their staff and occupied the VVIP and VIP stands.

The organisers also said they lost a significant amount of money through complimentary tickets issued to several embassies and some companies but ended up being sold on the black market. VOP observed the genuine VVIP tickets, which were pegged at US$60, but were being sold outside the National Stadium Stadium for US$40 on the blackmarket.

It has also emerged that the Samba Boys were paid US$2,5 million to play in the high profile match. Government is paying the 45 percent of the cost while companies such as NetOne, Zimplats and CBZ Bank will also foot part of the bill.

However the companies did not get the mileage after the Brazil national team took up all the touchline advertising. The match was broadcast live on pay television station Supersport

The  hardpressed Zimbabweans however forgot all their problems on Wednesday, at least for 90 minutes, as they cheered the Brazil’s Samba Boys.

Top Brazil player Kaka threw his jersey to a lucky fan after the match. Zimbabwe captain Benjani Mwaruwari, Quincy Antipas and Tinashe Nengomasha also followed suit.

Vendors also recorded brisk business as the National Sports Stadium, which starterd filling in the morning.

Meanwhile Brazil will take on Tanzania in their international friendly in Dar es Salaam on June 7.

Tanzania Football Federation is reportedly charging record entrance fees ranging from US$25 to US$180 for the upcoming in a bid to cover the match costs. Tanzania media reports said the east African country paid up to $2.5 million as match fees to the Brazilians.

The tickets sold in Zimbabwe were the cheapest at US$10 for the rest of the ground. This fee was agreed at after a meeting with the local footbal mother body, Zifa, ZTA and the Zimbabwe soccer supporters association.

Zimbabwe Warriors coach, Norman Mapeza, said despite the 3-0 thrashing of his team by the Brazilian “Samba Boys” he is still very happy with his “lads” and has high respect for all of them.

“They all played very well,” he said in an interview. “We missed a few chances especially during the first half of the game but I am very happy about our performance. I think the boys can go a long way especially if they continue to play together as a team like they did.”