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Fam, Sulom for advance ticket sales, E-ticketing

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TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) have proposed advance ticket sales ahead of football resumption in the country.

There has been resistance from some stakeholders on the implementation of E-ticketing and advance match ticket sales.

However, Fam set up a task force which is headed by Sulom president Tiya Somba-Banda with Fam executive member Chimango Munthali as his deputy.

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The task force has proposed to curtail selling of tickets on match day at the stadiums in the near future to reduce gate revenue fraud.

Reports suggest that the projects could be rolled out once the ban on football is lifted. Football was suspended in March as a precaution to Covid-19 pandemic.

In an interview Tuesday, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu confirmed the development saying once a solution has been agreed, an action plan will be developed on when to roll out the new system.

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“We are looking at rolling out E-ticketing next season having successfully conducted a pilot last year. This is part of our drive to maximise revenue for all stakeholders having noted that we have been losing revenue from the current gate ticketing system which is outdated and prone to abuse. It will require extensive consultations with stadium owners, clubs, league administrators and system providers,” Nyamilandu said.

With the current ticketing system, some people have been taking advantage of milking clubs by selling fake tickets during match days. It is a standard practice in organised football leagues that fans buy match tickets in advance.

In a separate interview, Somba-Banda said the task force was also looking at standardising the match organising process.

“The plan is to harmonise the match organising process so that there shouldn’t be any inconveniences between Sulom and Fam competitions,” Banda said.

Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde welcomed the idea.

“We know that there are so many loopholes which need to be addressed especially at the gate. In most cases, clubs cry foul of getting peanuts from the matches but E-ticketing could be one of the solution to help clubs maximise gate revenue,” Maunde said.

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