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Teams cry foul over gate collections again

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BY BERNARD MHONE:

Be Forward Wanderers, Moyale Barracks and Mzuni FC have cried foul over gate proceeds they realised from their TNM Super League matches over the weekend.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) representative, Henzie Banda, said the game between Moyale and Wanderers grossed K2 million on Saturday while Sunday’s game involving the Nomads and Mzuni raked in K1.9 million.

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“On Saturday, we realised K2, 267, 000 and the teams shared K427,000 while on Sunday, we collected K1, 969 700, and the teams went home with about K380,000. The remaining amount was shared among other stakeholders,” Banda said.

But the teams have questioned Sulom over the figures, saying they do not reflect patronage in both matches.

Wanderers Vice General Secretary, Chulu Mkangama, said the money does not reflect the patronage. Fans paid K1,000 each.

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“Football is being run at a loss. Something must be done the soonest. Imagine, from the two games, we pocketed a net of K808,000 but we spent about K1.5 million on accommodation and food.

“What about other expenses? Imagine if this was a profit-making organisation. We, thus, ask football authorities to manage the image of the game which millions love,” Mkangama said.

Mzuni General Secretary (GS), Donnex Chilonga, achoed Mkangama’s concerns, saying Sulom should strive for transparency and accountability.

“We are not satisfied with what we received. There was a high turnout but the returns are questionable. We seem to be missing something seriously. We didn’t expect to get K1.9 million. It all goes down to how we are managing our game. If we were professional enough, our football could have moved forward; otherwise, this is very demoralising,” Chilonga said.

Moyale GS, Isaac Banda, asked Sulom to act professionally in handling gate collections.

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