DeMbare in floodlights gamble
18 May 2017
DYNAMOS president Kenny Mubaiwa is adamant that a mid-week match under floodlights could make a difference in gate takings.
After recording one of their worst attendances when they hosted How Mine, Mubaiwa told H-Metro that they had resolved to try something different in an effort to change their financial position.
The former champions face inform Black Rhinos at National Sports Stadium today.
Kick-off is 7pm.
“Yes, against How Mine that was one of the worst attended matches. We had to think outside the box. We can’t avoid the mid-week matches but evening kick-off could be the answer.
“After this game, we will be able to see the response since most people complain that they don’t come to afternoon mid week games because they will be at work,” said Mubaiwa.
Fears were that the expenses for an evening game could be higher, especially considering electricity charges.
“We have looked into all that and realised that we will be to afford that. The costs on power will not be more than US$300 so we have to give it a try. We can only find out what the response is when we have tried it and we are hoping for a good response.
“We understand there are many factors at play but we have to try a lot of things that can cushion us at this stage. We realise with each match, we are running out of home games and we have to fully utilise the opportunity.
“We have been playing well as a team and Black Rhinos have been on top of their game. We hope that will ensure that the fans come for the game. In future, we will try to make sure the matches are at 6pm to cater for those that want to go back home by 8pm,” said Mubaiwa.
Meanwhile, Black Rhinos will miss the services of injured Wonder Kapinda and suspended Farai Banda.
In the absence of Banda, Wilson Chakanyuka will play left back.
“Wilson did well in the last game. But obviously Farai’s absence will be a blow to us. We will also miss Wonder who has been playing in defensive midfield. Young Donald Mudadi will have to play with someone also less experienced. So we will have two inexperienced players against what is a very difficulty game,” Black Rhinos coach Stanford Mutizwa said.