Civics learnt it the hard way last week when the club was robbed of part of its gate takings during a league match with African Stars at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. The incident happened during the interval when a man allegedly went to buy a ticket but ran off with the bag of money.
“The lady at the gate was cashing up when the suspect came to buy the ticket but the inexperienced lady instead put the bag of money on the counter where the thief saw the opportunity and took off,” narrates Civics FC Manager Paul Stramis.
Stramis confirmed to The Villager that a total of N$7 800 was stolen according to the ticket sales recorded.
“I was told by the security guard that the suspect had been arrested the same night at a nearby Shebeen and is said to be a common thief who recently got out of jail.
The money that was on him will be used as evidence against him in court,” said Stramis.
Stramis also warned other premier league clubs to be on the lookout for people selling fake tickets at the stadium.
“Somebody made fake tickets that were sold at the parking lot at N$10 and if that continues, teams will lose the revenue from the gate-takings, which in the end will force teams to end up in financial woes,” said Stramis.
Mario Carreira, contracted by Civics Football Club to supervise the gate takings, confirmed to The Villager that indeed the suspect had been caught with cash on him.
“I do not know when he appeared but an arrest was eventually made. I also heard that two cars were broken into but I do not think it is African Stars’ supporters, instead it must be the thugs from the neighbourhood within the vicinity of the stadium,” charged Carreira.
Security at stadiums has taken a lax since the passing on of Laurentius Humphries, the field marshal owner of Humphries Security Company which is still manning stadium security. Humphries collapsed in March during a soccer match at Sam Nujoma Stadium.