Despite some challenges in gate management, the TNM Super League first round grossed K239,139,089.85 in gate revenue, representing a 25 percent jump from last year’s proceeds at the same stage.
At a similar stage last year, the league grossed K192 million.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, released the figures yesterday.
After 120 games in the first round, the 16 teams shared K91,306,846 (38 percent of gross revenue) whereas Sulom and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) received K18, 251,151 each.
Ground levy of the first round was K45,653,23.22 whereas Sports Council pocketed K9, 130,821.21.
Other stakeholders such the Police, Stewards and cashiers earned K56,512 million (24 percent of the gross collections).
As usual, crowd pullers, Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, are top earners having pocketed K22, 181, 205. 22 and K18, 963, 709, respectively.
Silver Strikers earned K8, 741,370.31 followed by Blue Eagles K5, 018, 142.42.
Rookies Max Bullets, Karonga United and Dwangwa United pocketed K1,875,191.52, K2,089,948.94 and K2,578, 723.85, respectively.
Somba-Banda described the revenue as encouraging despite missing the league’s target by K12 million.
“We believe that we will still hit the K500 million mark as teams such as Silver, Eagles and Mzuni FC will surely pull crowds in the second round,” he said.
Bullets Vice-Chairperson, Austin Kasito, was satisfied with the first round proceeds, saying Sulom had done an admirable job.
“It just shows that Bullets have a large following. As Bullets, we also commend Sulom for doing a good job interms of gate management in the first round,” Kasito said.
Wanderers Vice-Treasurer, Chulu Mkangama, said the club was assessing the figures.
“After that we will make an assessment from Wanderers’ point of view and its implications. In some games, there was complacency for example, the
Mzuni game there was a lot of pilferage, how can we get only K660,000? The gate managers must pull up their socks,” he said.
In 2014, K85,652 million was collected in gate revenue at the same stage.
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