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No pre selling tickets for derbies

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says it will not follow the path of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) in selling match tickets in advance.

Sulom has lined up derbies this weekend with the big one being the Blantyre derby between Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.

Last month, Fam released a press statement on how big matches will be handled, including the promotion of pre-selling of tickets for derbies and national team matches.

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However, during recent national team and Chifundo Charity Cup games, fans entered for free and forged tickets, resulting in lost revenue.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, Wednesday said they would sell the tickets on the match day.

He added that they will make sure to open gates in good time so that supporters can enter easily.

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“For any system to work, it needs to have a buy-in and acceptance from all stakeholders. Unfortunately, we are coming from a position where they were a number of discrepancies that occurred the last time tickets were sold in advance. These discrepancies have brought resistance and suspicious among stakeholders, making it difficult to implement advance ticketing,” Banda explained.

Meanwhile, Sulom has announced that for the Blantyre derby, fans will pay K2,000 for the open terraces ,MBC stands (K2,500), Covered stands (K3,000) and the VIP is pegged at K5,000.

Lilongwe derby between Civo United and Silver Strikers on Sunday has been pegged at K1,000 (open stands), Covered Stand at K2,000 and VIP at K3,000. In Mzuzu, the game between Moyale Barracks and Mzuni also on Sunday is pegged at K500 for the open terraces and K1,000 for covered and VIP stands.

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