For the first time in the history of Nankhaka Stadium, the round-of-16 Presidential Cup match between Nyasa Big Bullets and hosts, Blue Eagles, grossed K8.1 million in gate revenue.
Eagles and Bullets each earned K1.6 million, whereas the rest was shared among stakeholders.
Eagles General Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, attributed the record gate revenue to tight security.
“Security was tight and there was no room for fraud. On top of tight security, I think fans turned up in large numbers considering the performance of the two teams,” Chirwa said.
Bullets second vice-chairperson, Austin Kasito, was also satisfied with the gate proceeds.
“I think the gate proceeds reflect the huge turnup and we are really satisfied,” Kasito said.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions Committee member, Daud Suleman, also attributed the record gate revenue to team-work.
“All the stakeholders were working for the good of the game and this is encouraging.
In my view, the gates were managed well and security also did their job well,” he said.
Bullets won 4-2 on post-match penalties when goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe saved three penalties for Eagles. Muhammad Sulumba, Chiukepo Msowoya, Yamikani Fodya, Pilirani Zonda and Bashir Maunde netted spot-kicks for Bullets, whereas Osward Maonga, Gilbert Chirwa, Victor Nyirenda and Gregory Nachipo converted their penalties.
Wister Phiri, John Malidadi Jnr and Enock Likoswe had their spot-kicks saved by the in-form Bullets keeper. Ackim Kazombo missed his spot-kick.
On the other hand, Eagles goalkeeper Chakonda Majanga stopped Mike Mkwate and John Lanjesi’s penalties, whereas Mcfarlen Ngwira blasted his penalty over the bar.
In the quarterfinals, Bullets face Kabwafu FC, Be Forward Wanderers will play Max Bullets, whereas Dwangwa meet Mafco in another encounter. Moyale Barracks will meet Epac FC.
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