Flames match grosses K14.4m
Malawi national football team’s 2-1 loss to Guinea in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier grossed K14.4 million in gate revenue at Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, confirmed.
Some 19,000 tickets were printed for the crucial Group L qualifier. The MBC Stand, that was going at K2,500 per advance ticket (but K3,500 on match-day), was allocated 550 tickets, while the Covered stands (pegged at K5,000 per advance ticket and K6,000 on match-day), was allocated 1,100 tickets.
Two hundred tickets were printed for the VIP Stand at K10,000 per seat in advance buying and K12,000 on the match-day.
About 17,000 tickets were printed for the Open stands, whose cost of ticket was K1,000 per seat in advance and K2,000 on the match-day.According to Nyirenda, about K11 million was made from the open stands.
According to Nyirenda, Fam would implement the newly-introduced gate revenue share procedures with stadium owners (government) getting their 25 percent share or K3.6 million.
Malawi National Council of Sports would also get their five percent and other service providers, including the Malawi Police Service (MPS), stewards, First Aid providers Saint John’s Hospital and the fire brigade. The balance would go to Fam.
The biggest payment would go to the Police for the 250 officers who cost K10,000 each. Fam wants to negotiate that the police should be providing a free service during national team games.
“We have done away with the issue of complimentary tickets but there is still some resistance from other people who still want to do it the hard way by insisting on free entry despite being capable of buying tickets on their own,” Nyirenda explained.
The Flames’ loss on Tuesday ended their chances of qualifying for the 2017 finals in Gabon as they currently lie bottom of the group with two points from four matches, with just two games left to wrap up the qualifiers.
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