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Lilongwe derby grosses K3.5m

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The Lilongwe derby involving Silver Strikers and Civo United grossed a meagre K3.5 million at Civo Stadium on Sunday.

Silver and Civo each earned K 654,000, whereas the rest of the money was shared among Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and other stakeholders.

At the same stage last season, the derby grossed K5 million at Silver Stadium.

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Civovice-General Secretary, Ronald Chiwawula, expressed displeasure with the gate revenue.

“We expected more than K3.5 million from the derby but we suspect that poor turnout contributed to the low gate revenue,” he said.

Silver Acting-General Secretary, Thabo Chakaka- Nyirenda, said his club noted some anomalies during the game and suggested that e-ticketing is the only solution to improve gate revenue.

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“If clubs want to maximise gate revenue, then e-ticketing is the way to go,” Chakaka- Nyirenda said.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, also said the low turnout was surprising.

“The turnout was not as expected for a derby and the revenue reflects the poor patronage,” Somba-Banda said.

The Lilongwe derby is slowly turning into just an ordinary game because it has lost its lustre in recent years.

Silver defeated their rivals 2-1 to collect first maximum points of the season. Binwell Katinji and Thuso Paipi netted for the Central Bankers, whereas Nelson Kangunje scored the consolation for Civo.

In Blantyre derby, Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets drew 1-1 on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium, whereas Dwangwa United and Mafco drew 2-2 at Chitowe on Sunday.

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