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Carlsberg Cup final grosses K29 million

THE nail-biting Carlsberg Cup final between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Big Bullets played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday, grossed a total of K29,586 565.

However, both Wanderers and Bullets have expressed dissatisfaction with the gate revenue, saying it is not a true reflection of a huge turnout.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) printed 17,000 tickets for the match. Open stands were at K2000 whereas VIP and covered stands were at K10, 000 and K5, 000 respectively.

But, surprisingly, only K1 million was collected from the VIP and covered stands. Bullets vice chairperson, Austin Kasito, said the revenue fell short of their expected gate revenue.

“As Bullets, we are not happy with the gate revenue. We also noted that there was presale of tickets despite agreeing that the tickets will only be sold at match venue,” claimed Kasito.

In an interview, Nomads vice general secretary, Chris Kananji, also shared similar sentiments. Kananji said: “We are not satisfied with the revenue.

We were expecting that the figure will be around K40 million.” Bullets and Wanderers each went away with K5, 229,000; Fam got K4,183,000 whereas Sports Council received K1, 045,000. The balance was shared amongst other stakeholders, including security personnel and ground owners.

The Carlsberg Cup semi-finals raked a total of K27 million. The game between Bullets and Silver Strikers grossed K15 million at Kamuzu Stadium whereas a Moyale and Wanderers match at Civo Stadium raked K12million.

In a league match this season, the game between the two teams grossed K28 million with open stands at K1000 at Kamuzu Stadium. Wanderers won the match 2-1 to win the Carlsberg Cup.

The two teams were meeting in a cup final for first time in 12 years. Veteran striker Victor Nyirenda and Kondwani Kumwenda scored for the Nomads whereas Jaffalie Chande netted for bullets.

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