Zimbabwe-Brazil Match One Of The Cheapest

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive officer Henrieeta Rushwaya said it will cost a modest US$ 10 to watch the high profile international friendly match on Wednesday. However the VIP seats will cost US$ 40 and US$60.

The Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association president Eddie Nyatanga confirmed they had a tough time convincing both Zifa and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authourity that the match should have a lower gate charge.

The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality said the government was hoping to recoup some of the money they spent in bringing Brazil and were expecting a full house in the 60 000 seater National Sports Stadium. It is believed it will cost Zimbabwe US$ 1,8 million to bring the Brazil team.The government will foot 45 percent of the expenses while Zimplats, NetOne and CBZ Bank will pay part of the bill.

However soccer fans normally pay three dollars to watch Premiership action.

Rushwaya added that security had been heighted for this match, one of the Samba Boys last warm up matches before the World Cup roars into life on June 11, in which they will play Portugal, the Ivory Coast, and North Korea in the group stages.

Brazil are being paid $1,2 million as appearance fees while nothing has been made public on how much the Warriors will be getting after the match.

Meanwhile the Samba boys will stay in luxury having booked the two floors at the Rainbow Towers Hotel at an estimated cost of US$ 42 000 in hotel bills.

The team have booked 70 executive rooms costing about US$600 per night at the Rainbow Towers. The Brazilian will travel with a delegation of 70 people comprising players and backroom staff such as dieticians and team doctors

The other hotel residents have no access to these floors. The hotel was certified fit to cater for the five-time World champions by their coach Dunga, who personally inspected the special hotels rooms.

Brazil are scheduled to arrive in Harare on Tuesday night. The team is also set to visit Victoria Falls the following day after the match.

Warriors Squad:

Foreign Ovidy Karuru, Knowledge Musona, Thomas Sweswe, Zhaimu Jambo, Tinashe Nengomasha, Kingston Nkhata, Benjani Mwarurwari (captain) Quincy Antipas, Zvenyika Makonese, Vusa Nyoni, Noel Kaseke, Musa Mguni and Obadiah Tarumbwa
Edmore Sibanda, Washington Arubi, Tafadzwa Dube, Gilbert Mapemba, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Khumbulani Banda, Qadr Amin, Gilbert Banda, Method Mwanjali, Guthrie Zhokinyu, Lionel Mtizwa, Stephen Alumenda, Ashley Rambanepasi, Ramson Zhuwawo, Benjamin Marere, Richard Mteki, Tafadzwa Rusike, Ali Sadiki, Bhekimpilo Ncube, Nyasha Mushekwi, Cuthbert Malajila, Evans Gwekwerere.