Saturday’s TNM Super League match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre grossed K18.9 million in gate revenue.
The figure is the highest so far this season and is about K6 million more than the revenue raised in the most-sought after fixture on the domestic scene, the Blantyre derby between Mighty Wanderers and Bullets.
Saturday’s showdown, which the People’s Team won 3-1, attracted more or less the same crowd and gate charges like the Blantyre derby, vindicating those who suspected gate fraud and theft.
The two teams and ground owners each got K3.87 million while Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi received K1.548 million each.
Malawi National Council of Sports got K774 357.65 while other expenses such as cashiering, stewards, security, game promotion and tickets cost K3.43 million.
Bullets, who were the home side, said they were satisfied with the gross as it reflected the turnout.
Said the club’s chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said: “This is the highest revenue so far this season and we are satisfied.
“We have tightened most of the loose ends at Kamuzu Stadium and there is good collaboration with security personnel and we are hoping that things will continue.
“Let me also applaud our supporters for adapting to the advance ticket sales initiative.”
Football analyst Charles Nyirenda said the revenue realised from this match exposed shortcomings experienced in the Blantyre derby.
“The difference is just too big and it vindicates some of us who said that a lot of money was stolen from that match,” he said.
Bullets’ 3-1 win took them four points clear at the pinnacle of the 16-team top-flight league in a quest for a fourth successive title.
Patrick Mwaungulu’s strike and lanky Nigerian forward Babatunde Adepoju’s brace ensured that three points were in the bag for the champions while Stein Dave scored the consolation for the Central Bankers.