Silver Strikers abolish fans’ gate share
Silver Strikers have taken a bold step towards commercialisation by abolishing their supporters’ 10 percent share from gate collections at the end of every match with immediate effect.
This was agreed upon during the club’s executive committee and supporters committee meeting held recently in Lilongwe.
Silver, just like any other TNM Super League club, are entitled to a 25 percent share from gate revenue.
After remitting the supporters’ cut, the club remained with only 15 percent.
The development was announced in a press statement released Wednesday, saying it was a source of conflict within the club.
Silver acting General Secretary, Innocent Kadam’manja, said the move would bring sanity and a sense of ownership among the team’s fans.
“We have decided to stop the 10 percent payment to our supporters from gate collections. This has been arrived at after noticing that it was a source of problems like infighting among our supporters. Going forward, the supporters should be at the forefront assisting the club to realise its commercialisation drive,” Kadam’manja said.
The club tried to implement commercialisation several seasons ago but reluctance among supporters forced the executive to backtrack.
The Central Bankers’ supporters committee Chairperson, Kingsley Malaya, said the decision was made after wide consultations with concerned parties.
“This is a welcome decision. The majority of the supporters agreed with it. This shows our seriousness in helping the club to become self reliant,” Malaya said.
Silver have followed in the footsteps of Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets who abolished the supporters’ cut several seasons ago.
However, Wanderers and Bullets still give money to their supporters through other channels.