Local soccer fans should expect to dig deep in their pockets to watch the Flames crucial 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghanaâ€™s Black Stars next month at Civo Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe.
Football Association of Malawi general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda has announced that they will hike the gate charges as a security control at the 20 000-seater stadium.
Fans should expect to pay more than the record K750 (about $2.50) they paid when Malawi drew 1-1 with Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June.
Inside sources have revealed that fans may pay as much as K1 000 (about $3) in the open stands, but Nyirenda said the official charges will be announced this week.
â€œWe are waiting for the marketing sub-committee to come up with charges, which we should announce by Friday. But we will hike the charges because we want to control the crowds at Civo. It is a small ground and we want to avoid chaos,â€ said Nyirenda.
Meanwhile, coach Kinnah Phiri has said he will reduce the number of foreign-based players for the Ghana game as he intends to use more local players.
Kinnah picked nine foreign-based players in Ghana for the first leg match, which the Flames lost 2-0. Already, defenders James Sangala from Angola and South Africa-based Limbikani Mzava are not coming due to suspensions.