The Akwa Ibom government has announced the slashing of ticket prices for Saturday 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in Uyo.
Fans were initially expected to pay up to 1000 and 2000 naira for the popular and the VIP stands respectively to see the encounter between both nations at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
However, Paul Bassey, the Senior Special Assistant to state governor on Sports confirmed the development, explaining that the decision was taken in a bid to bring more fans for the game.
“Fans will have to pay as low as N500 to watch the crucial game from the popular stands,” Bassey told media.
“Gate fee for the popular stands was initially N1,000, but this has changed now. Also, those wishing to watch from the VIP stands would have to pay N1,000 instead of the initial of N2,000.
“Football fans around the world usually pay a huge amount of money as gate fees to watch international games of this standard.
“But here in Akwa Ibom, Gov. Emmanuel has graciously subsidised the tickets. He is a passionate sports lover and has demonstrated it in the huge investments in sports development in the state.
“His gesture of subsidising the prices of tickets for the match is to ensure more fans turn up to watch the game live while supporting the senior national team to victory on Saturday.”