TNM Super League giants Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets have taken Sulom to task for failing to pay them their share of gate revenue from their match played two weeks ago.
The two clubs were supposed to get K1.3 million each from the first round match played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe on May 8.
However, as of yesterday, only Silver had received K1 million deposited into the club’s account on Saturday.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Tiya Somba-Banda confirmed that vice-general secretary Zakaria Nyirenda, who was entrusted with depositing the money after the match, did not do so.
“The Sulom official [Nyirenda], who was entrusted with depositing the money, is in a better position to explain what happened,” he said.
But Nyasa Big Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga yesterday said they expect Sulom, not Nyirenda, to pay the money and not Nyirenda.
He said: “Bullets are affiliated to Sulom and not an individual within the Sulom political setting. For this reason, we do not feel it is right to expect our money from a Sulom official other than Sulom itself as an institution. Therefore, as far as we are concerned our money is with Sulom. It’s Sulom which has to pay us.”
Nyirenda yesterday said he did not deposit the money in the two clubss accounts soon after the match due to communication breakdown.
He said: “There was a communication mix-up. Silver received their money on Saturday and Bullets will be getting their money within the week.
“Sulom maintains the open-door policy and clubs are urged to follow right procedures when having concerns to do with the league’s governing body.”
But Silver chief executive officer Thoko Chimbali yesterday said they got K1 million off the K1.3 million.
He said: “He deposited K1 million on Saturday. We still are yet to be paid the K300 000,” he said.
On why they failed to collect the money after the game, Chimbali said Silver do not handle cash.
He said: “The agreement with Sulom is that the gate collection should be paid through the bank. We don’t collect cash after the game.”
Chigoga also said Sulom agreed with clubs that gate revenue should be deposited into clubs accounts to reduce cases of fraud.