Football supporters should feel relaxed as there are no immediate plans to hike gate fees due to the recent 25 percent devaluation of the Kwacha, Times Sport has learnt.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu and General Secretary Alfred Gunda did not respond to our questionnaire but Super League of Malawi (Sulom) President Tiya Somba Banda said they were yet to discuss the issue of gate fee hike.
“We don’t have plans to raise gate fees. Not at the moment. It will be discussed during the gate management review committee meeting,” he said.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said it was a tricky issue even though increasing gate fees made sense.
“Adjusting charges in the wake of devaluation would make business sense. However, this requires caution and wider consultations with football stakeholders,” he said.
Officials from some teams opted not to comment on the issue.
However, self-proclaimed Flames supporter number one Yona Malunga pleaded with football bodies not to hike gate fees.
“Primarily football is expensive in Malawi. They should not consider hiking gate fees because it will only deter fans. In my view, the teams should explore other means of generating income including selling replicas. I will urge the Minister of Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda to talk with the bodies not to hike gate fees,” he said.
Chimwendo Banda said the onus was on Fam and Sulom.
“We do not have any jurisdiction to dictate gate fees. We don’t want to interfere in their operations,” he said.