The first TNM Super League game to be played at Dedza Stadium raised over K2 million (about $4 761) on Sunday. It was an encounter between Kamuzu Barracks and defending champions Silver Strikers.
The game, which was officiated by Arnold Maseko, ended in a goalless draw.
The amount realised on Sunday in Dedza surpassed the K1.2 million (about $2 857) which was collected during the Lilongwe derby between Silver Strikers and Civo played the previous Sunday at Civo Stadium.
According to Sulom executive member Charles Manyungwa, the inaugural Dedza Stadium game raised K2 231 000 (about $5 311). The two teams received K489 546.75 (about $1 165) each.
“We did not expect such a turn-up. It has shown that Dedza fans have welcomed us. As Sulom, we are impressed. We encourage the fans to continue patronising the games,” said Manyungwa
Silver Strikers general secretary Mike Tembo said the gate collections were a true reflection of the patronage.
Dedza-based Silver Strikers fan, George Kawaye, hailed Sulom for bringing the game at their base.
The Sunday game saw both teams playing with 10 men due to red cards. KB’s Davie Banda was sent off 13th minute into the game for a foul on Dave Moya.
Silver Strikers captain Lucky Malata was sent for an early shower in the 72nd minutes following a foul on Joe Chipofya.
Despite KB being reduced in the early minutes, they were the better side, with inspiration from Chipofya, who is slowly regaining his form.
In the second-half, the soldiers were denied by the cross bar on two occasions through Chipofya and Dennis Kambewa.
The Bankers made a long overdue substitution, resting Moya for Peter Pindani.