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Gate fraud-Sulom’s nightmare

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Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) efforts to maximise gate revenue is still facing hitches despite assurances that the league would get rid of gate fraud during this season.

The Innocent Bottomani led-association promised to maximise gate revenue after noting that clubs were losing huge sums of money through fraudulent activities at stadiums during TNM Super League matches.

Last weekend, it was a clear example of poor gate collections as the money that was realised did not tally with the impressive patronage.

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The match involving Big Bullets and Civo grossed about K4 million with the game between Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers raising about K7 million. In both games, the attendance was similar.

Sulom treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, said it was a concern that fraudsters continue to haunt the game especially at the gates.

Somba-Banda said it was hightime Super League clubs deployed trustworthy officials at the gates in bid to curb the growing malpractice.

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“The way we manage the gates and the people we deploy at the gates tend to be cancerous at times. This is a wake-up call to the clubs to deploy officials that would work in the best interest of the game,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sulom president, Innocent Bottomani, said to overcome gate-fraud there was need for collective effort.

“We can design a system to maximise gate collections but without support from other stakeholders and club officials, the exercise would remain fruitless,” he said.

Bottomani said Sulom and other stakeholders were still discussing in the background to ensure successful gate management to maximise gate revenue.

“As I indicated in my manifesto, we are tirelessly working with Fam and the government to come up with system that will maximise gate revenue and erase abuse. It is our wish that clubs should benefit much from the gate collections. That can only be achieved if we successfully implement the measures which we put in place to improve gate collection exercise,” he said.

Bottomani also urged fans to avoid using unorthodox channels to get into the stadium.

“The problem is not only with officials deployed at the gates but with some fans as well, as they tend to use illegal ways to get into the stadium. This then reflects on impressive patronage but less gate collections,” he said.

Bottomani was confident Sulom and its affiliates would come up with a long lasting solution that would help address flaws in gate management.

Bullets vice-treasurer, Alex Gondwe, admitted that gate-management left a lot to be desired.

“Surely, we need collective effort to overcome the hurdles at the gates,” he said.

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