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Nyasa Big Bullets cry foul over K22.2 million gross

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Albert Chigoga

Nyasa Big Bullets management has expressed reservations over K22.2 million gross which was raised when its two sides clashed in the final of the FDH Bank Cup at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.

Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they were unsatisfied with the gross, more especially revenue which was collected through advance ticket sales.

“Without pointing fingers at anyone, we feel the amount could have been on the higher side. The stadium was filled to capacity because we had some fans occupying the stands that were cordoned off.

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“In our estimation, match day sales were supposed to be around K28 million from the open stands only but only K17.7 million was collected. Advance tickets were sold at K1,500 and for a period of three days only K4.8 million was collected. We feel if the system was transparent then we could have maximised on revenue,” he said.

Nevertheless, Chigoga said they were impressed with the overall organisation of the match.

However, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Commercial and Marketing Director Limbani Matola said the amount was a true reflection of the turn up.

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“There were some factors that might have affected the gross. To begin with, we projected to raise K25 million and it means we managed to raise 89 percent of the projected amount.

“Being a family affair there were some sceptics that the match will not attract huge crowd because supporters are from same base. Then we also reduced the gate fee to K1,500 for advance ticket sales and even the K2,000 for a cup final it was on the lower side. Of course on the part of advance ticket sales we scaled our marketing efforts a bit late,” he said.

Similarly, Matola hailed Bullets’ management for the cordial working relationship.

“Bullets had two minds because they were representing two teams; nonetheless we had a robust working relationship,” he said.

From the gate collections, Bullets collected about K8.4 million as gate allocation for both main and reserve teams. Kamuzu Stadium received about K4.2 million.

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