Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) has enforced a K200 gate fee for its Rainbow Paints League matches at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) starting from this weekend.
BDNL abandoned the arrangement sometime back as they were failing to restrict free entry as the facility is used by various sports disciplines.
However, BDNL general secretary Annie Hanjahanja-Billie said they are finally safe after fruitful discussions with the acting Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) regional sports development officer (South) Felix Yola on how to man the entrance.
“The officer has assured us that he will put strict measures that will differentiate between athletes for various sports disciplines at the facility and netball spectators,” she said.
Hanjahanja-Billie said gate revenue will be a big relief for the league-runners in terms of administration.
“Currently, we solely depend on the league sponsorship money for our operations. But with the gate collections, we will be relieved of administrative challenges,” she said.
Yola yesterday confirmed the development, saying it is part of MNCS’ reinforcement of commercialisation among sports bodies in his fold.
“In fact, we are in the process of meeting all the users of BYC to ensure that their activities do not clash to maximise their revenue during events,” he said.
At the BYC this Saturday, defending champions Kukoma Diamonds will be up against Tropical Queens while First Choice Tigresses will take on Prison Queens. In another match, Serenity Stars will play against Chileka Sisters.
Last weekend, Diamonds tightened their grip on the 11-team log-table after thrashing Vicky Sisters 113-10 to take their tally to 16 points from eight-straight wins. Tigresses, who thumped Machinjiri Sisters 101-16, are second on better basket difference after tying on 14 points with Prison, who suffered a 43-32 loss to Tropical Queens. Queens are fourth with 12 points.