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Flames, Madagascar match nets K22 million

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The match between Malawi’s Flames and Madagascar’s Barea realised a net of K22.3 million at the 40,000-seater Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, has since described the amount as a fair reflection of the patronage of the African Nations Champions (Chan) qualifier.

Some 31,119 tickets were floated on the market. For advance tickets, a seat at the VIP, Covered and open terraces was pegged at K7,500, K2,500 and K1,500, respectively.

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Match day tickets cost K10,000, K3,000 and K2,000, respectively, Matola confirmed.

“Much as we anticipated more, overall the figure represents a fair picture of what was on the ground considering that the whole eastern side of the terraces was not occupied,” Matola said.

“There was improved gate management and there was no hooliganism, pushing and shoving let alone incidents of fake tickets. Generally, the fans, despite the loss, contained their emotions.”

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The gross for the second leg, first-round match is pegged at K23.5 million with Fam paying sales agents K1.175,000, representing five percent of the whole amount.

Stadium management also pocketed 25 percent from the gross, translating to K5.7 million whereas service providers, such as Saint Jones Ambulance, stewards, ball-boys and the police, cost K3.2 million.

The Sports Council, too, received its five percent cut or K860,000 from the gross. The cost of printing the tickets was K1,896,000.

As gate managers, FDH Bank received K1,140,000 and Fam, which also hosted Madagascar and paid for the referees, went home with K9.5 million.

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