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Bumper harvest

Blantyre derby grosses K45 million

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Albert Chigoga

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has said stakeholders must deploy new and effective methods to end gate fraud following the success of Blantyre derby where a record of K44,805,240 was grossed on Sunday.

The amount surpasses the K40.3 million record, which the Blantyre derby involving Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets made in 2018 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe. In a reverse fixture the same year, the derby grossed K39.3 million.

The development comes against a backdrop of first round failure where the Blantyre derby grossed meagre K12 million with relatively similar attendance.

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Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda said the second round derby generated more revenue due to mechanisms which Dedza based gate management firm D and S used.

“The company demonstrated high level maturity and seriousness in the way they managed the gates. They also demonstrated that our system of collecting money in the stadia has had serious problems in the past and that there is still room for improvement.

“We want to commend them for a job well done. They have given other gate management companies food for thought,” he said.

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Somba Banda also hailed other stakeholders such as the police for enforcing security.

One of the directors for D and S, Sumani Kaunyolo said they thrive on honesty and professionalism to enable the football fraternity benefit.

“When we first registered our company we made it clear that our motto was justice to football teams. This is what we strive for every time we are given a job to do.

“We told our cashiers not to entertain gate fraudsters and no one was allowed entry into the stadium without a ticket. We sealed all the loop holes. We thank the police and team officials for their compliance and in the end football won,” he said.

Following the development, both teams got about K9.4 million each whereas Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Sulom received about K3.7 million each.

Both Wanderers and Bullets are contented with the amount of money realised.

Wanderers Public Affairs Manager Ernest Maganga said they opted for the company after appreciating its recent work including the success in the FDH Bank Cup game between Wanderers and Dedza Dynamos where the match grossed about K19 million.

“There was a lot of cooperation. We will continue reviewing the process to overcome gate fraud,” he said.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they were satisfied with the gross.

During the match, Wanderers came from behind to force a three-all draw against Bullets.

Lanjesi Nkhoma put Bullets in the lead before Patrick Mwaungulu doubled the score line.

Right-back Stanley Sanudi pulled one back from the penalty spot.

After resumption, Chimwemwe Idana restored Bullets’ two-goal cushion after he scored the third goal for the People’s Team to lead 3-1.

Wanderers secured a point with goals from former Bullets defender Miracle Gabeya and striker Muhammad Sulumba.

On July, 27 2019, the derby grossed K36.2 million at Kamuzu Stadium while a reverse fixture fetched K38.3 million.

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