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Teams bemoan ‘away’ home games

TNM Super League sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Chitipa United have bemoaned the rising cost of playing games in the top flight league.

The two sides have said playing their home games away from their respective bases has contributed to their budgets spiraling out of control.

Bullets General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, said the team is spending outside the budget to play home games outside Blantyre following the closure of Kamuzu Stadium.

The 2016 TNM Super League runners-up have been hosting teams at Kalulu Stadium in Chikwawa and Mulanje Park Stadium.

Kamuzu Stadium has been Bullets’ home venue for many years and Chigoga said the team’s budget for the new season was drafted on the assumption that Kamuzu Stadium would be in use.

“We are feeling the pinch financially because of the closure of Kamuzu Stadium. Expenses are running out of control. But we are working on the possibility of securing MDC Stadium in Chilomoni. We will be relieved should this option materialise. Otherwise, we are really suffering,” Chigoga said.

On the other hand, Chigoga sympathised with Chitipa United who are forced to fulfil their home games in Mzuzu, a distance of about 300 kilometres.

This is in addition to the rookies travelling to the South and Centre for their away fixtures.

The team’s General Secretary, Marshall Mwenechanya, said the elite league’s whipping boys have so far spent K1.6 million on travel expenses for their games in Mzuzu.

“We have played four home games [in Mzuzu] and on every trip, we spend about K400, 000 [on transport]. Things are not looking good and we are still hoping that Karonga Stadium will be opened in due course to enable us to reduce our expenses,” Mwenechanya said.

Be Forward Wanderers have also been travelling to Balaka Stadium to fulfil their home fixtures.

Premier Bet Wizards and Blantyre United booked Mulanje Park as their home ground while Tigers have played some of their home assignments at Kalulu Stadium.

Renowned veteran soccer analyst, Charles Nyirenda, told this paper previously that teams that travel long distances to play home games are always disadvantaged in the league.

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