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Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, Nyasa Big Bullets differ on Blantyre derby venue

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Ernest Maganga

By Mphatso Malidadi

Rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets have engaged in mind games ahead of Sunday’s TNM Super League Blantyre derby over which stadium to host the match.

Wanderers, who are the hosts, claim that Bullets have rejected their proposal to have the derby played at Bingu National Stadium.

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However, Bullets reacted that a meeting between the two sides over logistical arrangements was yet to take place.

Wanderers Public Affairs Manager Ernest Maganga said they wanted to play at BNS to enable the teams to collect more gate revenue.

“Last time the two teams played at Bingu, we collected close to K40 million whilst at Kamuzu we collected K12 million when the stadium was almost full. It was a business decision, as you know, football these days is a business.

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“We will play at Kamuzu Stadium since our opponents do not want to travel to Lilongwe,” he said.

Maganga referred to a goalless Super League match which was played at BNS in 2018.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said they had not yet objected Nomads’ request to have the derby played in Lilongwe.

“I am not sure where this is coming from because we are yet to finalise discussions with Wanderers. We are ready to play anywhere but there are cost implications which have to be taken into account if the fixture is moved to the capital city.

“We have a cost analysis of playing the game at Kamuzu Stadium and at Bingu. We will present it to our colleagues before they can appreciate the economies of the game,” he said.

Bullets won the first round match after winning 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium.

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