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Giants cry foul after BT derby grosses K8.5m

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By Williams Gondwa

Mighty Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets have expressed disappointment after Saturday’s Airtel Top 8 Cup semifinal clash grossed K8,547,370.

Both teams felt that Football Association of Malawi (Fam) did not stamp its authority to maximise gate revenue.

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Wanderers’ Secretary to the Board Humphreys Mvula feared gate-fraud or lack of seriousness on security measures contributed to poor gate collections.

Mvula said the amount was not a true reflection as the derby was well patronised.

“Look, there are cartels right from the ticketing where the tickets are bought. We are aware of the individuals that benefit from the ticketing system;, unfortunately, that system includes very senior persons that are part of the organisation,” Mvula claimed.

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Mvula said that E-ticketing was a solution to curb gate-fraud.

“There must be transparency in the way tickets are managed as there are a lot of loopholes including other people selling tickets outside the gates.

“We are aware that they come from teams and, unfortunately, they are sent by some that organise football. We should be involving banks in selling tickets and we should be avoiding keeping the same individuals in the gates because these people are able to benefit through this system,” he said.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they did not expect to have such a crowd despite collecting low revenue.

Chigoga said the derby was an opportunity for the teams to get reasonable finance.

“The system of paying on the gates might be an easy way but it seems it has got more disadvantages. But even if we say we should start e-ticketing, we don’t have a clear picture of how the money is lost or where it goes,” he said.

Both Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda and Commercial Director Limbani Matola did not answer their phones whereas the association’s director of media and competitions Gomezgani Zakazaka was out of reach.

Bullets beat Wanderers 4-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to book a final slot of the Airtel top 8.

Both Bullets and Wanderers received about K1.6 million each and similar amount catered for ground levy.

Gate management firm pocked K598, 317 while Police received K500, 000. The stewards got K649, 000. First Aid and cordoning cost K70, 000 each.

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