‘Pay up or else…’

Clubs want Sulom to expedite broadcasting revenue payment

Albert Chigoga

Some Super League teams have asked the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to expedite the process of distributing broadcasting revenue.

This comes just a day after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) announced that it has paid K21.5 million to Sulom as the last remittance from the Mpira Television broadcasting revenue.

In total, Fam has paid K55.9 million to Sulom after the first chunk of K34.4 million was remitted in September last year.


However, despite getting the first chunk in September last year, Sulom was yet to disburse the money.

Out of the total amount, the 16 Super League teams that participated in the 2022 season will share K49.5 million as part of their 80 percent. This means each team will get K3 million.

Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they were keeping their fingers crossed.


“It is hard to take but we simply have to believe that Sulom will walk the talk. They have not specified the time but we would be pleased if disbursement can be expedited,” Chigoga said.

This will be first time for clubs to get their share of broadcasting revenue in domestic football.

Blue Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala pleaded with Sulom to fast-track the process.

“We are busy with preparations and will be happy if we get the money quickly,” Ngwala said.

On his part, Civil Service United General Secretary Ronald Chiwaula questioned Sulom’s delay to disburse the money.

A total of K123 million was realised from broadcasting rights.

Sulom and Fam each got K6.2 million as their 10 percent share from the K62 million net revenue.

Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda said the league governing body was expected to start disbursing the money yesterday.

“The promise we made of revolutionising the media rights packaging resulted in the launch of Mpira TV, which has demonstrated that it has great potential to unlock the Football TV market,” Somba Banda said

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda said Mpira TV does not owe Sulom and clubs any balances for the 2022 season.

“We made great strides in 2022 as Mpira TV made a gross revenue of K123 million, which represented a 473 percent increase from the K26 million realised in the year prior,” Gunda said.

Out of K123.3 million, K70.7 million was released through Mpira TV subscription whereas K32.1 million was from free to air packages.

Advertising and sponsorship realised K18.2 million whereas K2.5 million was from digital media rights.

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