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3 more clubs resist bank payment of gate collections

As Super League of Malawi (Sulom) still tries to enforce payment of gate collections to clubs through banks, three more clubs resisted the initiative in last weekend’s matches.

In the first week of the second round of the season two weeks ago, only Epac FC were reported to have resisted the new system.

This past weekend, Red Lions, Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks were the latest teams to resist the system of gate revenue sharing, according to Sulom’s treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda.

Lions played away to Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium, Blue Eagles met Civo United at Civo Stadium, whereas Kamuzu Barracks travelled to Blantyre to challenge Be Forward Wanderers.

Somba Banda said the three teams insisted on receiving their share of the gate revenue at the match venues.

“The rest of the 12 teams that were in action at the weekend agreed to receive their share of revenue through the banks. The three teams that refused to oblige argued that, in the first week, the money was deposited into their bank accounts late, therefore, they struggled to cater for their transport costs after the matches. It is quiet understandable because there was some miscommunication which might have caused that,” he said.

On whether the recent resistance to the new arrangement could have an adverse impact on the effectiveness of the initiative, Somba Banda said Sulom was hopeful that all the loopholes would be sealed to ensure that the initiative serves its purpose of eradicating pilfering of gate revenue.

“It is a compulsory arrangement and no team has the right to refuse to oblige. However, we understand that there are some challenges at the moment like the unavailability of enough Sulom members at some match venues to enforce the system. We will make sure that the teams should get their money in time so that they should not use the unavailability of transport money as a scapegoat,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Bullets and Lions match at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday realised K5.7 million gross.

According to the outsourcing firm in charge of the match, Tikhu Cashiering, each club got about K900,000.

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