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Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have maintained their threat to stop Beta Television from broadcasting the giants’ games over its failure to pay proceeds from the deal.

According to Wanderers and Bullets’ general secretaries, Mike Butao and Kelvin Moyo, respectively, Super League of Malawi (Sulom), promised to call for a meeting on Wednesday.

“Sulom insist that we are a third party and we cannot have access to the copy of the contract. However, we are asking them to provide us a guarantee that they will give us the money if Beta fails to do so. If Sulom will not address our concern, then we will stop Beta from beaming our games come next weekend,” Butao said.

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His counterpart said apart from the copy of the contract, they were against sharing K1 million, among all teams, from the broadcasting rights’ earnings.

“We are doing this for all the teams not for Bullets and Wanderers only. We have just taken the leading role. Television broadcasting rights initiative is a welcome idea, but what is the essence of having the rights when players and teams benefit nothing? So, we are waiting to hear from them on Wednesday [yesterday],” Moyo said.

Sulom’s Treasurer, Tiya Somba- Banda, confirmed meeting the teams, but insisted that he will issue a press release on the way forward.

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Sulom signed a K266 million deal with Beta in July after they were deemed as the most successful at the expense of the second highest bidder, Times Television, and Matindi TV who finished third.

Teams are supposed to share equally 80 percent of the K266 million, translating to K212 million with Sulom pocketing 20 percent from the deal.

Fifty percent of the K212 million was meant to be shared equally among the clubs with the other half shared based on rankings on the log table and the number of games beamed.

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