Following the ugly scenes at Moses Mabhida Stadium after Amakhosi’s Nedbank Cup loss to Free State Stars, Ajax is taking no chances as they prepare to host the Glamour Boys at Cape Town Stadium this weekend, a game they need to win in order to avoid the relegation play-offs.
“It has been the responsibility of the club and the South African police that we host a safe event, an event that will be enjoyed on the pitch, but not necessarily outside the pitch,” Ajax’s public relations officer Thabiso ‘Shooz’ Mekuto told the media.
“We expect to host 40 000 spectators. Our average attendance of an Ajax-Chiefs match is below that, but that’s why the capacity is bigger, so that we have a safety zone. Our ticket sales are running as we expect for a Chiefs game, and we’ve put in security personnel in excess of 550 outside of law enforcement, Metro Police and the South African Police as well.
“We also have volunteers who have come from Disaster Management, so in terms of security personnel overall, we will have over 1000 people working and making sure that people are safe.”
Access to the stadium’s precinct will be closely monitored and restricted to minimise potential misdemeanours outside the iconic 2010 World Cup venue, while security has been further beefed up in the stands as well.
“Measures have also been taken into restricting areas close to the tunnel, and close to opposition fans, so that fans are separated,” Mekuto continued.
“No one will be given access into the stadium, or close to the entry points of the stadium, if they do not have a ticket, as there are search points, which allows us the opportunity to scale down potential risks.”
Fans have been encouraged to arrive at the stadium well before the scheduled 15h00 kick-off time on Saturday afternoon.