By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
The 2018 Fisd Challenge Cup final involving eventual champions Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers grossed an estimated K40 million in gate revenue at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Wanderers and Silver pocketed K8.4 million each in gate revenue as their 25 percent cut.
This means Wanderers went home with K24.4 million in total plus the K16 million prize money after winning the cup whereas Silver got a lump sum of K14.4 million after earning K6 million from their runner-up slot.
Ground levy was K8.4 million whereas Football Association of Malawi (Fam) got K6 million. Malawi National Council of Sports pocketed K1.6 million.
Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, described the revenue as “fair”.
“We were expecting about K50 million but K40 million is fair. On our part, we are happy that we won the cup with a convincing performance,” Mkandawire said.
Fam Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, said, after deducting K6.4 million, the net was K33.8 million.
“We are generally satisfied with the revenue realised and so are all stakeholders. Overall, there was good coordination among all service providers-police, stewards, Maximum Security Company which helped to consolidate security in all access areas, Bingu National Stadium personnel and Four Sisters, the company which we engaged for the sale of tickets,” Matola said.
Wanderers were crowned the cup’s champions for the second time in three years after they defeated Silver 3-2 in an exciting game.
Goal poacher Zicco Mkanda was the hero of the day when he netted a second half brace before Yamikani Chester scored the winner.
The Central Bankers scored through Ghanaian striker Michael Tetteh and Victor Limbani.
Mkanda has scooped the competition’s top goal scorer award with seven goals and will pocket K200,000.
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