Be Forward Wanderers’ friendly game against Mangochi Select played at Mangochi Stadium on Saturday grossed over K5 million.
Mangochi District Football Committee Chairman, Darwin Nhlane, said the figure proves that the stadium is fit to host Super League matches.
“The stadium has passed the test. We can handle any Super league game here. People have shown that they really love soccer and big teams can benefit a lot if they play at this stadium. Mangochi is starved of Super League action and we will be more than happy to host any game here,” Nhlane said.
He said over 20,000 spectators patronised the match and gates had to be closed before half time as the stadium had exceeded its capacity.
Wanderers Team Manager Steven Madeira also said the stadium, as well as the pitch, is in good condition and can help ease the shortage of match venues across the country.
Commenting on the game, Madeira said his charges failed to win against the Mangochi side because they were underrating the lakeshore side.
“This should be a lesson for our players as they prepare for life in the Caf Champions League. There are no small teams in football. Any team can beat any team on any day,” he said.
Mangochi Secondary School alumni Chairperson, Sillie Mbewe, said the group is pleased to have surpassed its K2 million target from the game.
Mbewe said the money will help in completing the construction of a perimeter fence around the school as well as paying school fees for some needy students at the school.
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