Gor beat hasty retreat, suspend e-ticketing


Gor beat hasty retreat, suspend e-ticketing
Gor Mahia FC fans cheer their team against Aigle Noir (The Fighters) from Burundi during their CAF Total Champions League 2019/20 match at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on August 25, 2019. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen.

In Summary

  • Gor's Chairman Ambrose Rachier says there have been challenges in verifying online generated tickets and that system will not be used again until their service provider has addressed the issue
  • According to Rachier, fraudsters have taken advantage of their verification flaws to sell tickets, leading to diminishing gate revenues

Gor Mahia FC have suspended the e-ticketing system beginning with this Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby fixture and revert to their old model of issuing tickets at designated selling points.

Gor’s Chairman Ambrose Rachier says there have been challenges in verifying online generated tickets and that system will not be used again until their service provider has addressed the issue.

According to Rachier, fraudsters have taken advantage of their verification flaws to sell tickets, leading to diminishing gate revenues.

“We have resorted to the ordinary ticketing way. From our observation, we are making losses ever since we introduced the e-tickets. Even in our future matches, we shall use the ordinary tickets until further notice,” Rachier said.

The long-serving chairman said the system started at a slightly encouraging pace but has continued to diminish hence the need to suspend it. He noted that fans have gained entry into the stadium by simply showing the stewards forwarded e-messages hence big losses to the club.

“The Sunday’ gate collection will speak a lot and let me urge my critics to wait and see what will come out of the ordinary ticketing on Sunday. We can’t continue making losses as a club,” he added.

Rachier said when e –ticketing was introduced, they collected Sh900,000 in the first match and it had been diminishing to the extent of collecting only half a million during an international match against DC Motema Pembe recently at Kasarani.

Rachier was concerned that the service provider does not even have verification scanners and this he says is a big threat to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) club’s finances.

Gor play Mathare United on Wednesday and go into the Mashemeji Derby having collected maximum points from their opening five matches.

Should they win against Mathare, they will leap above Tusker FC into top of the standings.

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