Mulanje District Council wants their cut from gate revenue increased from 25 percent to 30 percent after realising that the maintenance cost is higher than their proceeds.
The council’s chairperson Charles Kapata yesterday said they feel cheated that despite contributing a lot to make football matches played at the newly-built facility, they share equally the revenue with other stakeholders.
“We regret that we signed contracts with some stakeholders to share gate collection equally,” he said.
“That mistake was made because that time we had not yet started hosting football matches, but now we are not satisfied. The revenue sharing needs to be reviewed so that we can get at least 30 percent cut from the net.”
According to Kapata, so far they have earned K4 million from the seven games that have been played at the venue and spent over K2 million on maintenance of the ground, utility bills and staff salaries.
“This facility is meant to generate income for the development of the district under decentralisation policy and we need to get meaningful revenue from activities taking place at our stadium,” he said.
Blantyre United administrator Lawson Nakoma, whose side uses Mulanje Park as their home alongside fellow TNM Super League outfit PremierBet Wizards, said they do not see justification to change the revenue sharing percentage.
“My understanding is that we will go by our agreement in the contract we signed [with the council]. I can comfortably comment on this matter after the current contract with the ground owners expires,” he said.