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Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets’ request that the organiser of Bus Ipite Bonanza should include a consolation prize for a runner-up has hit a snag.

The Nomads will take on the People’s Team over two legs on December 26 and January 2 at Kamuzu and Civo stadiums with the overall winner receiving a 32-seater coaster.

Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, confirmed on Thursday that the clubs wanted a consolation prize of half the cost of the bus, which is estimated at K13 million.

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Butao said the organiser, Luso Television, rejected the request on the ground that a consolation prize would water down the concept of competition.

“We sat down with the organiser over the possibility of the runner-up prize but we were not successful. We have just received an appearance fee so that we can start our preparations,” Butao said.

Luso TV official, Dick Juma, said preparations for the bonanza were on course, with the bus expected from Tanzania this week.

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“We would like to assure the nation, especially Wanderers and Bullets’ fans that the bonanza is on. Apart from the bus for the winner, we have given each team a starter-pack of K2 million,” Juma said.

“Let me take this opportunity to say that we are still discussing with authorities to host the second match at Bingu National Stadium but, as of now, we have planned to stage the second leg at Civo Stadium.”

Football Association of Malawi is yet to announce the entrance fee for the games.

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