Last Sunday’s Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League (SRFL) deciders made a record revenue gross of K3.1 million.
Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba yesterday said the two matches at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, which saw Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve taking the ultimate glory in Premier Division on better goal aggregate following a goalless draw with Ntopwa FC and Sable Farming beating Ciso FC 3-2 in Division One, made K1 million more than the previous gate collection record.
“Before last Sunday’s matches, the recent Fisd Challenge Cup encounter between Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers reserve sides’ game held the record after grossing at least K2 million. As SRFA, we are happy with the improvement,” he said.
However, he clarified that it was the SRFA that got a 20 percent cut from the net revenue as per their regulations and not the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) as alleged by other stakeholders.
Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya said on the sidelines of their joint press conference with Wanderers on Tuesday that they were concerned that FAM got a cut from the second-tier league matches. According to the gate sharing list, 25 percent went to ground owners while a gate management firm got five percent. The four teams equally shared K365 000 each, representing 50 percent of the total net collection. Stewards and protocol got K160 000, first aid personnel K50 000, promotions K80 000 and ball boys K9 000. Ntopwa FC owner and team manager Isaac Jomo Osman said although their cut was too little as compared to what they invested in the club’s operations, they are satisfied with it “because in most cases we play our games without getting anything at all.”