Standard Bank Knockout Cup final between Civo United and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers played on Sunday at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, grossed K14.5 million ($25,892) in gate revenue.
The stadium took in more than its capacity with some fans sitting on the pathway.
Out of the K14.5 million, teams got K2.6 million ($4,643) each while the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) got K2.1 million ($3,750).
The rest was shared among other stakeholders including stadium owners.
Civo vice-general secretary, Charles Mwenda, said the gross was a true reflection of the turnout.
“What most people don’t know is that the whole VIP stand and a section of the covered stands were filled with people who had complimentary tickets.
“We had representatives of the sponsors and government officials sitting there. As a club, we think K14.5 million is the right amount considering this factor,” said Mwenda.
Wanderers vice-general secretary, Christopher Kananji, also concurred with Mwenda.
“Measures put in place to check fraud worked well and I can say the money realised is a true reflection. The only problem we are having is that teams got peanuts considering that the main attraction of the event were the teams. People came to watch the teams play. We should have been given more. I think K2.6 million is very little,” said Kananji.
He said the two teams should have shared the K10 million and the K4.5 million should have gone to the other stakeholders.
FAM competitions manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka, could not be drawn to comment on this concern saying it was beyond him. n