Last Sunday’s TNM Super League match between Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, realised K14 million in gross revenue, an all-time record for a Super League match at the stadium.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda yesterday confirmed that the gate revenue was the highest in a league match at the stadium.
“Before this match, the highest revenue collected was K10.6 million in April 2016 between Silver and Be Forward Wanderers,” he said.
He attributed the record gate revenue to sound gate management..
“We had problems with people paying K1 500 in open stands. At one point they wanted to break one of the gates and force their way in, but there was swift police response.
“But at half time we reduced the entry fee to K1 000. Initially, we had estimated to gross K16 million. Nevertheless, K14 million was not bad,” said Somba-Banda.
Out of the gross, each team got K2 890 622, a similar amount went to ground owners. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Sulom each received K1 156 249 as their share.
However, Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda said the figure could have been higher had the selling ticket process been smooth.
“When some fans wanted to force their way in it was not because the charges were high, but the ticket-selling process was slow and as a result, the fans became impatient since the game had already started,” said Nyirenda. n