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Pre-match ticket sales for Blantyre derby flops

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Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) plans to maximise revenue during the forthcoming TNM Super League match between rivals Big Bullets and Be Forward Mighty Wanderers have flopped.

Sulom treasurer, Tiya Somba- Banda, said this follows delays by a South African printing firm to supply the tickets on time.

“We couldn’t get the tickets in good time from the South African company. So we have resorted to print them locally and we are going to sell on the day of the match,” he said.

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Somba-Banda said to reduce long queues, Sulom has agreed with other stakeholders to open gates at Kamuzu Stadium by 10 AM on Saturday.

“Instead of opening the gates at around 12 like we normally do, this time around we are going to open the gates by 10am,” he said.

Somba-Banda said the Blantyre derby was one of the biggest and a lot of spectators would watch the game.

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Meanwhile, Sulom has increased gate charges the forthcoming derby in bid to control fans.

Spectators have been paying K500 to watch league matches from the open stands this season but Sulom has said the Blantyre derby would be at K1,000.

The MBC stand tickets would be at K2,000 each, covered stand tickets are at K3,000 while the VIP tickets are at K5,000.

Somba-Banda, said they have hiked the gate charges as a way of controlling the crowd since the match would likely attract huge patronage.

This season’s derby would be more than a battle for pride since the two sides are currently in the middle of a tough title chase.

Bullets are two points clear of Wanderers with 23 points from 11 matches but the Nomads have a game in hand.

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