The TNM Super League match involving Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers played on Sunday at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe raked in K10 million (about $14 548) in gate revenue.
The stadium was filled to capacity with spectators paying K1 000 (about $1.4) in open stands, K3 000 (about $4.3) in covered stands and K5 000 (about $7) in the VIP enclosure.
The teams got K2.3 million (about $3 346) each with the rest shared among Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Super League of Malawi (Sulom), paramedics, security, supervisors and ground owners.
While Silver management expressed satisfaction with the revenue, Wanderers officials feel the revenue could have been more.
“Honestly, we expected K14 million (about $20 360) or more looking at how full the stadium was. But anyway, we are not raising any official complaints,” said Wanderers vice-secretary Christopher Kananji in an interview yesterday.
But Silver treasurer Chimwemwe Mkhwimba said the figure reflected the turnout.
“Silver is a small stadium and we believe the K10.6 million (about $15 420) is a true reflection. We are satisfied with the attendance and the revenue. We are also happy that people in the covered stands did not complain but paid the new gate fees of K3 000. It is a right step,” he said.
Mkhwimba also said Sulom lived up to its word that the money should not be shared on the day of the game. The game on Sunday ended 2-1 in favour of Wanderers.
Mkhwimba played down the defeat, saying his side showed potential.
“We lost yes, but we have a good team that will deliver this season. We were just unfortunate on Sunday,” he said.