Civil Service United were left frustrated after their TNM Super League Capital City derby against Silver Strikers grossed about K6.6 million.
Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula suspected that foul play at the gates contributed to low revenue.
“I am one 100 percent against the figures. I think time is ripe for us to embrace advance ticket sales and electronic-ticketing system. There were a lot of people who came and watched the game at K2,000 in the Open Stands,” he said.
Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali did not respond to our questionnaire.
But Silver’s well-known supporter Kingsley Malaya differed with Chiwaula, saying the amount was a true reflection of turn-up the match.
“The Lilongwe derby has lost its salt lately and not many people come to watch the game,” he said.
About K6,621,620 was realised from the gates, with both teams pocketing about K1.3 million each. The same amount catered for ground levy.
Gate management firm received about K400,000 whereas the Police received K149,000. The stewards pocketed K251,000.
During the game, Civil’s Patrick Phiri cancelled out Chawanangwa Kaonga’s opener.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.