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Sulom not ready for pre-selling

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says it will continue using the system of selling tickets on match days.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, said this following the release of the entrance fees for Saturday’s TNM Super League match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium.

Somba-Banda said they experienced teething challenges with the pre-selling system in the first round.

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“We sat down with the teams and looked at the challenges faced and the related infrastructure to curb counterfeit tickets. The meeting decided not to pre-sell until we resolve the challenges,” he said.

Sulom has released entrance fees with open stands pegged at K1,500, K2,000 for MBC stands, Covered stands (K3,000) while a seat at the VIP will cost K5,000.

“We are targeting a minimum of 15,000 people, which should translate to about K22 million,” Somba added.

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However, Wanderers’ Vice-Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said pre-selling of tickets was ideal but it is prone to leakages.

“After doing research, it is clear that we may not be ready now until all the loose ends are tied. We are, therefore, likely not to use it on the derby. Our wish is to maximise revenue, reduce costs and not compromise the quality of the game,” Mkandawire said.

Bullets’ Acting-General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, said they will go by Sulom’s arrangement during the derby.

“We have our team which is working together with Wanderers. We are sure that it will work because there is strength in togetherness,” Moyo said.

Recently, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) used the pre-selling system in selected matches, especially in cup and national team matches.

Fam released a press statement before the season, indicating that advance ticket selling system would be a priority, especially in high-profile games.

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