Blantyre giants Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers were left frustrated after they pocketed about K2.2 million each from about K12,351,550 which the 2022 TNM Super League opener grossed at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Super League of Malawi Vice General Secretary Flao Mwale, while confirming the development, blamed the clubs for creating doubt that the match would not be played.
“Being a high profile match, revenue has not been that good. It is not the best. We were affected by the alarm that the games would not take place if Sulom would not call for an annual general meeting (AGM). This negatively affected gate revenue. We believe we will do better next time,” Mwale said.
Bullets Supporters Director Stone Mwamadi differed with Mwale by blaming security breakdown.
“When we resorted to out sourcing in gate management, we wanted to improve gate revenue. Security failed us as others are speculating that some went away with money. The game was well patronised,” he said.
Bullets Administration Officer Albert Chigoga shared Mwamadi’s sentiments.
“The revenue declared does not match with the number of people who came to watch the game. We are in disagreement. Apart from the security hitches during the game by those entrusted to handle gate management issues, we also blame the porosity of the stadium.
“The stadium has the capacity to aid others to jump and watch the game for free. It is high time the clubs thought twice about using Kamuzu Stadium for high profile matches,” Chigoga said.
One of Wanderers Directors Chris Gondwe said they were waiting for official communication.
“Once we crosscheck the details, we will then give our views. What we are hearing is disturbing, though,” Gondwe said.
Each club got K2,201,035 and the same amount catered for ground levy. Cashering firm got K864,608 while security received K720,000. Stewards received K295,000. Malawi National Council of Sports got K440,207 while both Fam and Sulom received K880,414. Ticketing firm got K388,300 while K50,000 catered for cordoning of the stands.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.