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Big Bullets top gate earnings

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

The 2018 TNM Super League realised K531 million in gate revenue, representing a 10 percent nominal growth from the 2017 season.

At the same stage last season, the league grossed K484 million. The 16 Super League clubs shared K208 million, which is 39 percent of the gate revenue.

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League champions Nyasa Big Bullets top the revenue standings after pocketing K56 million in the entire season— K14 million more than their rivals Be Forward Wanderers, who got K41.68 million.

Capital City giants Silver Strikers are third on revenue standings with K15.6 million whereas rookies TN Stars are fourth with K11.5 million.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, could not answer his mobile phone to comment on the development Thursday but Wanderers Vice General Secretary, Chulu Mkangama, said the difference in revenue between the two rivals was a wakeup call.

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“This is too much and should sound an alarm to our supporters that their Bullets counterparts patronise their team’s games in large numbers. Our supporters should stick with the team during both tough and good times,” Mkangama said.

Stakeholders such as police, stewards and cashiers pocketed K114.4 million whereas K90.8 million went to ground levy. Malawi National Council of Sports pocketed K20.6 million.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi pocketed K41 million each in gate revenue as part of their 8 percent cut.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba- Banda, attributed the increase in gate revenue to improved gate management in the just-ended season.

“Consistency in gate charges in various stadiums across the country contributed a lot, coupled with the contribution of new stadiums such as Kasungu and Mangochi. Kasungu made a substantial contribution and this can be seen from the revenue share of TN Stars. In its maiden season, TN is on position four with K11.5 million, which is remarkable.

“Second, we saw teams like Bullets taking a bold step in having an above average charge for their home games. This is commendable and the fans that were paying handsomely to watch these games have to be commended as well. There were pockets of resistance as this started but people came to realise that the gate charges were worth the quality of the football they watched this season,” Somba-Banda said

Relegated Nchalo United anchor the revenue table, having pocketed K3.7 million, whereas Mzuni FC and Moyale Barracks got K5 million and K5.2 million on 15th and 14th positions, respectively.

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