The second leg of Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza grossed K47 million at Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe on Monday, organiser, Luso Television, has confirmed.
However, Luso, which pumped K40 million into the bonanza, made a loss but the station did not disclose the net, let alone proceeds from the first leg played at Kamuzu Stadium on December 26.
Eventual champions, Be Forward Wanderers, won 3-0 in the first leg played on December 26, followed by a 2-1 victory on Monday to receive the bonanza’s ultimate prize.
Breaking the news yesterday on Luso TV, Station Manager, Dick Juma, said much as they were happy with patronage, they encountered some challenges in the second leg.
“If this was about a business, I would say it was at a loss because we did not get more than what we spent. But, in the first place, this was not a business. It was about contributing to Malawi football development,” Juma added in a telephone interview later on.
Luso spent K4 million in appearance fees for both teams, K189,000 for 120 stewards, K130,000 on First Aid, K80,000 for fire fighters, K750,000 per team for accommodation in Lilongwe and K980,000 transport to Lilongwe.
Luso also hired 500 police officers at K2.6 million with seven percent going to a gate management firm. Sports Council also pocketed 25 percent from the gross and Fam 20 percent.
Juma also said there was a misunderstanding with Football Association of Malawi, leading to the late arrival of the bus from Blantyre.
“It reached a point that we picked a quarrel with Fam on small issues. In the first place, they did not want the bus to be here, so we asked them as to what that was to mean to the supporters,” Juma said.
Fam GS Alfred Gunda yesterday said he was in the dark on the money collected from the game.
“The organisers were doing things on their own, so I don’t want to comment much. They were supposed to consult us,” Gunda said.
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