By Mabvuto Kambuwe & Ronald Mpaso:
The budget is, by far, the biggest ever for a local football club, with most teams spending less than K100 million in the 2018 season.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, said the amount is an increase from the initial K420 million budget.
Haiya said the decision to hike the budget was made to cater for travel expenses and players’ bonuses.
“We expect a lot of travelling this year because there are more TNM Super League teams now in the Central and Northern regions. We have also hiked game bonuses and allowances for our players in the new season plus the new coach’s [Kalisto Pasuwa] salary,” Haiya said.Advertisement
Bullets players get a minimum of K30,000 for a win and half the amount for a draw.
Haiya said the K500 million includes expenses for participation in this year’s Caf Champions League.
Bullets’ bitter rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, have kept a tight lid on their actual budget for the new season but get about K150 million from sponsor Be Forward Wanderers every season.
The amount is set to increase by K15 million for the 2020 season should they win this year’s Super League title.
But Wanderers Vice General Secretary, Chulu Mkangama, admitted that they are likely to spend more in the new season.
“It is obvious that we will spend more money on fulfilling fixtures in the Central and Northern regions. It is not cheap for teams to travel and spend several nights away from their respective bases as they are already struggling financially,” Mkangama said.
Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga Banda, said his team’s budget is pegged at K74 million and mostly covers travel and accommodation expenses.
“We expect a lot of travelling in the 2019 season. We will be going as far as Blantyre, with other games in Lilongwe, Dwangwa and Mzuzu. So it will not be cheap,” Banda said.
Masters Security owner, Alfred Gangata, said his team was yet to draw a budget, which will include its participation in this year’s Confederation Cup.
The number of top flight league teams in the Southern Region has been shrinking every season, with Red Lions and Nchalo United getting the chop last year.
On the other hand, the number of Super League teams in the Northern and Central regions has been steadily increasing, an indication that Southern Region teams will be making more trips to the two regions.
The North has four teams in the Super League while the Centre has eight.
When going for away matches, Bullets and Wanderers travel with a minimum of 18 players plus technical staff.
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