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'We Need To Get All South African Races Interested In PSL'

We continue to choose the best Get Published writers of the week, and give them a little footballing exam. This week's winner is TrevorBaker and his second question is: Why are stadium attendances so poor in SA?

"Low match attendance is huge problem in the PSL," he said.

"A myriad of factors contribute to this. First, it has to do with the economic situation in the country. Fans pay around R345 for DStv to watch live games; going to watch a game at a stadium costs in the region of R200 per game – that's including the ticket, transport and refreshments. So this means fans cannot afford to attend many games.

"Secondly, there's no entertainment. Before, there used be artists performing at the stadiums. Teams now play skop-en-donner, the fans want to see flair being dished out. Players like Masibusane Zongo are crowd-pullers. I, for one, don't attend NFD games but I will next season just to watch Zongo.

"Thirdly, poor marketing by the teams. Hype needs to be created ahead of games, be it on radio on any other platform. Clubs need to get involved in community projects, visit schools and encourage attendance. Become a community team like Maritzburg United, instead of being more of a business organisation.

"Finally, get all races interested in local football. South African football is predominantly supported by blacks and if the other races start attending, we'd see a huge improvement. We've seen how packed the stadiums get when English fans visit our shores."

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