Big Bullets will spend about K4.95 million as costs for hosting five match officials for their CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg tie against Fomboni FC scheduled for February 28 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The five officials are match commissioner Anthony Kuda Kasolo from Zambia and a set of four referees from Mozambique led by centre referee Anibo Amando Antonio. The others are assistant referees Olivio Saramone and Ivo Muiambo as well as fourth official Jose Maria Lashid.
Bullets general secretary Harold Fote yesterday said return air tickets for the referees from Mozambique will cost Bullets about K1.96 million [K490 000 each ticket] while that for the Zambian match commissioner is at K270 000.
Among other payments, Fote pegged accommodation, food and local transport costs at K1.3 million.
Besides, Fote said hosting Fomboni FC and also camping costs for Bullets have been pegged at K6 million.
“So, we are talking of a budget in excess of K11 million. It is not easy playing in a continental tournament, but we will make it. We are determined.
“With the 2015 SMS campaign, stadium revenue and proceeds from the special account that we opened with NBS Bank [account number 0020981070012], we are hopeful of raising the budget. We are also appealing to the corporate world, institutions and other well-wishers to assist us towards the cause,” he said.