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Clubs cry foul over gate revenue

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Albert Chigoga

TNM Super League teams have expressed concern over how gate revenue was shared during the weekend’s matches.

This comes after security personnel got a lion’s share from the gate revenue in the three matches played in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

For the first time after football restart, maximum of 180 fans were allowed to watch the matches following government’s decision to ease Covid restrictions to 250 in outdoor public gathering.

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The match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Civil Service United grossed K850,000 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre and each team pocketed K148, 000 whereas security got K320,000.

On top of that the stadium stewards, who are also asked to provide security, got K30,000 after the match.

Stadium owners (government) pocketed K114, 000 which represented thier 25 percent cut whereas Sulom got K45,000 which is their 10 percent share.

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Only Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) did not get a cut during the weekend’s matches.

Fam usually gets 10 percent from the gate revenue whereas Sports Council pockets five percent every match.

However, the clubs are of the view that some stakeholders including Police and stewards should not be paid through gate revenues.

Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga expressed disappointment.

“The agreement with Sulom and the clubs is that gate revenue be shared by only three stakeholders namely Sulom, club and stadium owners,” he said.

“Surprisingly, other stakeholders such as security, stewards and medics are scrambling for the same meagre revenue realised from 180 spectators. The question is, how were these stakeholders paid when football was played in a closed stadium.”

Similarly, Civil General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula said it was a setback to the development of the sport.

“This is bad for the growth of our football. Teams have struggled for over one year and deserve better share from the gate revenue,” Chiwaula said.

Sulom President Tiya Somba- Banda said the matter was discussed.

“The clubs were aware that only Fam and Sports Council will not be receiving the money from gate revenue. We engaged Police to provide maximum security so that the number should not exceed 180 fans,” Somba-Banda said.

Bullets ended Civil’s unbeaten run after a 2-1 victory at Kamuzu Stadium to move up to second position with 25 points.

The match between Kamuzu Barracks and Chitipa United played at Civo Stadium grossed K94,000.

Each team got K10,000 whereas Police got K17, 000.

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