Instead of investing in their teams, Be Forward Wanderers Supporters’ Committee and their Nyasa Big Bullets’ counterparts are milking their clubs— they get 12 and 10 percent from their respective team’s gate revenue every game.
Nomads General Secretary, Mike Butao, said since last season, the club agreed to give the supporters committee the fixed percentage to bring sanity.
“It has been a tradition for most of the clubs, but we fixed the percentage to control it. The percentage usually helps the supporters to carry out their activities such as supporters’ elections and promoting the team’s brand,” Butao said.
However, Wanderers Board of Trustees asked the supporters committee’s candidates to pay before they were elected recently. The money was for the elections’ expenses.
Taking his turn, Bullets Acting General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, also defended the fixed percentage.
“The supporters are part of the club. I think the big question should be on how we can make the national supporters’ committee financially independent. For example, we are running supporters’ registration exercise, so the committee will need money to travel for the project,” Moyo claimed.
The Nomads’ Supporters’ Committee Chairperson, Yamikani Kaliapa, said the money is used for transport, accommodation and food for the registered fans during the team’s games.
The supporters’ committee members also have free access to match venues. The fans also act as gate supervisors and get paid.
Silver Strikers have since stopped paying the supporters after the club was registered as a limited company.
Kelvin M’mangisa, Silver’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, said yesterday the practice the world over is that supporters invest in teams and not vice-versa.
“We explained to the supporters and they understood that it was not right. We looked at the reality of how other clubs are run the world over and they understood our position,” M’mangisa explained.
Las t season, Wanderers Supporters’ Committee got an estimated K7 million from the club’s K23, 779, 167.45 TNM Super League games gross revenue, minus Standard Bank and Carlsberg Cup games.
Some soccer experts are of the view that the money shared by the supporters could play a big role in helping players and the clubs’ projects.
Despite being popular clubs in the country, Wanderers and Bullets do not own stadiums, let alone training pitches.
In a telephone interview from South Africa yesterday, Kaizer Chiefs’ Chief Supporter, Machaka Masilo, said they buy match titchets and do not get money from the team .
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