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Bingu National Stadium adamant on 25 % cut

Bingu National Stadium (BNS) Manager, Eric Ning’ang’a, has insisted that they will maintain the 25 percent cut from gate collections, saying the facility is expensive to maintain.

Super League teams have been shunning the facility, describing it as expensive.

But Ning’ang’a said the 25 percent cut is already on the lower side compared to utility bills.

“For the stadium to be how it is, it means money has been spent. The stadium was not built for charity and the 25 percent we charge is too little for such a government investment,” Ning’ang’a said.

“To clean the whole stadium after a game demands a lot of money. We engage casual labourers and you know how big the stadium is. Grass on the pitch needs chemicals. It also needs to be watered daily. Teams should not only focus on the 25 percent but how the amount is used to keep the stadium in shape.”

Ning’ang’a urged teams to concentrate on playing good football to attract large patronage and increase gate revenue when playing at the stadium.

BNS stadium has so far only hosted one Super League game involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.

The Blantyre derby played a fortnight ago grossed ago K49 million.

The facility also hosted some games in the Airtel Top 8 Cup, including the final between Wanderers and Silver Strikers.

Super League of Malawi General Secretary, Williams Banda, is on record to have said that they are not fixing games at the stadium since they cannot force teams to use the facility.

He said teams choose where to play their home matches.

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