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Wanderers fans blamed for poor patronage

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By Williams Gondwa:

Despite impressive performances in the TNM Super League, Be Forward Wanderers supporters are still not turning up in large numbers to cheer their team.

The club’s chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said they were worried with the low turnout as the team is not generating enough gate revenue.

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Mkandawire said he was puzzled by the supporters’ attitude to Wanderers games even when the team is performing well.

“It is very disappointing to see Wanderers supporters not coming in large numbers to patronise their own games. The team is not just wining matches but the players are playing good football. It is our plea to them to give support to the players because in so doing we can encourage them to win the league title,” Mkandawire said.

He said it was important for supporters to patronise Wanderers’ games to help the club realise extra funds.

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“We would have expected fans to come in large numbers, especially when we are doing well. Our form is terrific and we are not winning by accident. We wish our supporters had been coming in large numbers to witness how we are playing and beating sides,” Mkandawire said.

According to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) gate collection summary sheet, the match between Wanderers and TN Stars grossed K4.8 million, with each team pocketing K879, 792.88 from the net.

Mkandawire said he expected Wanderers matches to surpass such figures.

“I think we can do better than this. We have done our part to rectify all the problems the club was facing and the ball is now in their [supporters] court to prove that they are now happy with the current performance,” he said.

The Nomads Supporters Committee Chairperson, Mervin Nkunika, said his committee was doing all it could to convince Wanderers fans to patronise their games.

“We are also very disappointed with the low turnout. We are talking to them. We are very proud that the team is doing well and we need to do something,” Nkunika said.

So far, forwards Francisco Madinga, Babatunde Adepoju, Vincent Nyaungulu and Francis Mkonda have been star performers for the Nomads.

Wanderers have won six matches in a roll, but their turnout during last Saturday’s 4-1 victory over TN Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre was low.

Wanderers, who are in second place on the Super League log table with 25 points from 10 matches, meet Silver Striker on Saturday at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.

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