The 2016 TNM Super League opening week games grossed an estimated K23, 264,160 in gate revenue, representing an 11 percent increase compared to the same stage last season.
Seven matches were played in the first week as the league kicked off with 14 teams, instead of 16 teams, due to various reasons.
The official opening match involving defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets and Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium, grossed K10, 891,850, whereas a meeting between Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers at a relatively small-capacity Silver Stadium grossed K10, 607, 180.
Wanderers and Silver were top earners each with K2,223, 669 in the first week followed by Bullets and Moyale, who pocketed K2,146,105 each.
At the same stage last season, an estimated K 20 million was realised from eight games. Wanderers Vice-Treasurer, Chulu Nkangama and Silver Treasurer, Fred Kalonga, were happy with the revenue.
“We are not complaining and we are satisfied with the revenue. But there is room for improvement so that teams get more revenue this season,” Kalonga said.
Nkangama said the gate takings had improved this season, adding that “this has given us hope that we would benefit more through gate revenue.”
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer, Tiya Somba- Banda, also described the gate revenue as encouraging while commending all teams.
“As Sulom, we will ensure that we are transparent and accountable in the way tickets and gate cashiering (outsource) are produced and managed. This will be key in nurturing the goodwill and trust that the teams have in Sulom,” Banda said yesterday.
In the opening week, Bullets drew 0-0 against Moyale on Saturday, whereas Kamuzu Barracks and Civo United also shared the spoils in Lilongwe at 2-2 on the same day.
Elsewhere, Mafco beat Mzuni 1-0 on Saturday. On Sunday, Wanderers defeated Silver 2-1, Red Lions were also 1-0 winners over Epac, whereas Blue Eagles also registered 1-0 victory against Dwangwa United at Chitowe. Max Bullets and Azam Tigers drew two-all on Sunday.
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