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The Carlsberg Cup final involving eventual winners Nyasa Big Bullets and runners-up Be Forward Wanderers grossed a record K54, 579,770 million in gate revenue at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe on Saturday.

It is the highest gate revenue at the facility since it was opened in January this year. The figure beats the K52 million record set in the Airtel Top 8 Cup final between winners Silver Strikers and Wanderers at the same facility in June this year.

But Wanderers have cried foul over the gate revenue, saying it was not a true reflection of the huge crowd that turned up at the stadium.

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Before the final, the two teams and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) differed on gate management.

Bullets and Wanderers got K10.6 million each. This means Bullets have pocketed K20 million in total from the Carlsberg Cup final whereas Wanderers have received K15 million.

Bullets and Wanderers will be getting K10 million and K5 million from sponsors Carlsberg for their respective achievements in the competition.

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Fam and BNS received K8.5 million and K10.6 million respectively.

A total of K2.8 million went to printing of tickets for the match, and other stakeholders, including Malawi National Council of Sports, police, stewards and first aid.

In an interview yesterday, Wanderers Vice Treasurer, Chulu Mkangama, said his club expected more revenue considering that the stadium was almost filled to capacity.

“We are not happy with the figure. We are saddened by the continued losses of revenue. We expected to get about K70 million from the game but organisation of the game had a lot of shortfalls. We are not amused,” Mkangama said.

Bullets Acting General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, and Treasurer, Chifundo Makande, were not available for comment yesterday as they were tied up with organising their team’s parade of the trophy through the M1 Road.

Fam Commercial and Marketing Manager, Limbani Matola, attributed the record-breaking gross to a number of factors.

“The advance ticketing selling system worked wonders as K33.4 million was sold in advance before the day and just about K21.1 million were sales on the match day at the stadium. We are delighted that there is an increase in advance ticket buying amongst football lovers.

“We have received numerous calls commending us for tightening security at the gates. We intend to sustain these improved levels of service delivery to our consumers for the good of the game,” Matola said.

He applauded the two teams for accepting to adopt the advance match day ticket sales system despite some initial resistance.

Matola said Fam is also grateful to the Blantyre giants for allowing the association to engage Masters Security Services in providing security.

The advance tickets were being sold at K2,000 for open/covered stands and K3,000 on match day. VIP tickets ranged from K7,500 to K9, 000 each.

Bullets snatched the cup after beating Wanderers 5-3 on post-match penalties. Nelson Kangunje scored the decisive penalty after Yamikani Chester’s hit the post.

Chiukepo Msowoya, Fischer Kondowe, Mussa Manyenje and Henry Kabichi converted their spot-kicks for the People’s Team whereas the Nomads scored through Precious Sambani, Jaffalie Chande and Rafiq Namwera.

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