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Firm speaks out on Blantyre derby revenue

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Director of Hope Again, a firm hired to sell entry tickets for Saturday’s TNM Super League match between sworn rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers, has broken his silence on the below par revenue collected at Kamuzu Stadium.

About K12.3 million was collected from the Blantyre derby, which was one of the games played on the first day of the season.

The amount was below the two teams’ expectations.

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The director, Robert Tamale, said the amount collected from the game was not a true reflection of what should have been collected.

“We have been doing this job since 2013. Frankly speaking, the money must have gone into other people’s pockets. From our assumptions, we could have made at least K19 million. What was collected only matches the 5,100 tickets which the organisers gave us.

“When we ran out of tickets, gate handlers started receiving cash without any documentation. This was because of pressure from fans who did not want to miss the action. We saw people entering the stadium without being issued with tickets. There were no tickets at this stage. This is the money that must have gone into people’s pockets,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Bullets have made a decision to resort to pre-match ticket sales effective their next home match.

The club arrived at the decision on Monday during a meeting between Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda and the supporters committee headed by Stone Mwamadi.

Nyirenda said they wanted to deal with the cartel of fraudsters who illegally benefit from gate revenue.

“We are taking the bull by the horns. What happened during the Blantyre derby is uncalled for. We will never tolerate such acts. From now onwards, we will deal with everyone involved in fraud.

“We are urging all our fans to buy home ticket matches from all the centres that will be communicated accordingly. The sales will be running from Tuesdays to Fridays. We would have loved to go e-ticketing but Kamuzu Stadium is not yet ready at the moment,” he said.

Bullets and Wanderers pocketed K2.3 million each from the game.

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