Big Bullets FC has asked government and FAM to help them in finding a way of raising upfront payment to meet some of the expenses ahead of their CAF Champions League first round second-leg tie against Sudanese outfit Al Hilal on Easter Sunday.
Bullets made the general appeal in a preparatory meeting convened by government on Saturday to plan for the encounter and resolve the dispute between Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Bullets on management of ticket sales for the match.
Bullets chairperson Kondi Msungama appealed to the gathering that included Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Justin Saidi and FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda at Sports Council offices.
Msungama is said to have informed the meeting that there will be need for upfront payments to some service providers such as match officials’ allowances as well as their accommodation and that of the visiting team, which is in excess of K15 million.
Msungama yesterday confirmed making the special appeal, saying: “That is true. The thing is that we are hoping to pay service providers from the gate proceeds, but then there are other services that require upfront payments and we got an assurance from the PS that the issue had been noted.”
Saidi also confirmed that the issue was brought to his attention and that it was being looked into.
The meeting also appointed a special committee to oversee the sale of tickets.
According to Bullets general secretary Harold Fote, the committee comprises two members each from Bullets, FAM, government and Sports Council.
“No one will be in charge as all stakeholders will operate on equal footing. We are happy with the arrangement as the earlier demand by FAM to be in control of the process was not fair because this is our show,” said Fote.
FAM facilities and club licensing manager Casper Jangale described the meeting as fruitful.
He said it was agreed that 22 000 tickets will be printed for sale as per the current stadium capacity.
“This time around, security will be tight and we will not allow people to invade the cordoned-off areas as well as the towers because these are no-go zones,” he said.
The pre-sale of tickets is scheduled to start on Wednesday.