Law enforcement agencies and organizers have assured football fans that stringent security measures are in place for Saturday’s Carling Black Label Cup matches at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
Speaking during a joint media briefing on Tuesday (November 8) Joburg Metro Police spokesperson, Xolani Fihla, stated that officers will be deployed at the FNB stadium from 6AM while undercover units and emergency personnel will be on stand-by.
“Ours on the day as the traffic management will be to insure that there is safety for all road users especially pedestrians and our officers will be dispatched from 6 in the morning,” added Fihla.
The first semi-final at 9AM will see Mamelodi Sundowns battle it out with Amazulu, while Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will renew their rivalry in the second semi-final at noon.
There will be a penalty shootout for the third place at 3:30PM, with the final set to kick off expected at 5PM.
In an interview with the Mapepeza, Carling Black Label Brand director, Arne Rust, said all necessary security measures would be taken to ensure the safety of fans.
“Everything will go smooth, at the moment 52 thousands tickets have already been bought so we expect them to be sold out any time from now,” added Rust.
Rust further encouraged fans to only buy tickets through authorized sources, which includes ticket master, checkers and shoprite outlets.
A series of security measures will be set up in and around the stadium to ensure that counterfeit tickets are not sold.