Big Bullets and Silver Strikers have said the K12 million revenue realised from their 2015 TNM Super League opening match at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe has exposed glaring shortcomings in the advance ticket sales system.
From K12 million the clubs and stadium owners, government, got K2 319 860 each.
Bullets treasurer Alex Gondwe and Silver general secretary Mike Tembo said the revenue was not a reflection of the huge crowd that watched the launch game.
Gondwe also said his team will no longer be involved in pre-sale of tickets as it is recipe for fraud.
“We are very disappointed with the money realised from the game and we suspect that there is a sophisticated syndicate which involved in fraud and they take advantage of the loopholes in the advance sale of tickets.
“The stadium was packed to capacity and our estimation is that the crowd was in the excess of 20 000. So, even at a minimum of K1 000 which was the price for the cheapest ticket, we should have made not less than K20 million,” said Gondwe.
Tembo blamed Sulom and FAM for sidelining the clubs in the advance ticket sales exercise.
“We are not satisfied with the revenue. Everything else being equal, we should have made not less than K18 million.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer Tiya Somba-Banda also said their expectation was to raise not less than K18 million from the match.
Somba-Banda said there were a number of contributing factors to the low revenue.
“Considering the huge turnout, the revenue should have been more, suffice to say there were also a lot of people who were involved in activities related to the launch and went in free.