Sulom raises gate revenue concerns
By Isaac Salima & Peter Fote:
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Fleetwood Haiya has reissued gate revenue sharing concerns with a call to the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to intervene.
Haiya on Thursday took advantage of a gathering where a special taskforce that was presenting a report on revenue from gate collection to complain on how gate proceeds during matches are shared.
“Players who are main stakeholders in the game are not benefitting from gate revenue sharing proportions. As Sulom we have been petitioning both the government and Football Association of Malawi to consider reviewing this. We are of the view that the teams are supposed to get larger shares,” he said.
Haiya said most of the teams in the league are struggling financially and cannot cope with the current financial demands in the league.
In the current arrangement teams share 25 percent each of net revenue from the gate whereas a similar percentage goes to the ground owners.
Ten percent is given to the Football Association of Malawi and Sulom each while MNCS gets five percent share.
The sharing has for long attracted discontent from teams that have been calling for a review.
In its recommendation chairperson of the taskforce Richard Nyirongo asked authorities to consider revisiting the gate sharing proportions saying teams continue being deprived of income.
However, MNCS Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise said they will call for a stakeholders meeting to look into the issue.
“We have to find out why this is the case? So we will call for a stakeholders meeting to see how to help the teams. Let us see how to help the teams so that they maximise their collection. Of course other stakeholders equally need funds but if we take everything we are defeating the whole purpose of it,” Madise said.
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.