Brian Mulenga writes…
NEVER FELT SAFE AT HEROES
I watched the game live and was not impressed by Heroes Stadium. As operated currently it has poor security, it is falling apart and I now see why it failed a CAF inspection. Levy in Ndola is better.
The security at National Heroes Stadium is awful. There I was in the so-called VIP section and then these thugs started jumping over railings into the sections. Carrying a laptop or tablet to this stadium, in my opinion, is not safe at ALL.
Going to the toilet involved warding off two pickpocket attempts. Dark corridors with poor or no lighting all sorts of rough looking rastas hanging around. I actually felt I could get mugged in some of the dark corridors and stairwells.
The number of beer bottles and other glass containers meant there were no security checks that were effective.
Coming out was another nightmare. Traffic snarled up everywhere. I had to use detours deep into the Matero suburbs to get out quickly.
The stadium itself is deteriorating fast. The Public Address System seems to have been stolen and announcements were done using these blaring, blatting speakers that did not work. The Big Screen went blank for 30 minutes. The corridors and steps were covered in layers of dust and the dirt was shocking.
Then Safety and security. I got to the stadium at 1630 and was engulfed by a sea of urchins imploring me to buy them tickets. I think there were maybe 60,000 people outside the stadium by kickoff and maybe 40,000 inside.
By the time the game ended, we had a crush. The stadium was full to capacity and I suspect only half paid. The policemen supposedly providing security made a tidy little sum charging K20 or K30 letting people in.
This stadium is a disaster waiting to happen. We will have a stampede and a crush here. It is not a matter of if but when it will happen.
Perimeter security just has to improve. People were openly climbing walls and trying to sneak in.
I am not sure whether I am going back to National Heroes Stadium it may really become Disaster Stadium.