Football lovers that are eager to watch this Sunday’s Blantyre derby between fierce rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium should be prepared to dig deeper in their pockets as gate charges will be hiked.
Wanderers board secretary Humphrey Mvula, whose side is the host, made the hint yesterday when The Nation asked for logistical arrangements for the country’s most sought-after top-flight league fixture.
“The charges will definitely be hiked to suit the high-profile clash. This is time for business. We have to make money,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mvula could not tell how much people will be required to pay at the gates, saying such details would be known after the Nomads’ meeting with Bullets yesterday.
“We cannot pre-empt the actual gate charge as that will have to be determined by both teams at the meeting,” he explained.
Normally, Super League matches involving Wanderers or Bullets attract K2 000 for open stands, K3 000 MBC Stand and K4000 covered stands while a seat in the comfort of the VIP Stand costs K5000.
Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga yesterday said as an away team, they will wait for Wanderers to give them directions on most logistical issues, especially the gate charges.
“Wanderers will guide us on how arrangements such as gate charges should be handled since they are the hosts. But as Bullets, we are ready for the derby,” he said.
Wanderers last year ended Bullets’ nine-year unbeaten home record in the league with a 1-0 victory. But The People’s Team, who are the defending champions, won the first round fixture 2-1.
Currently, Bullets are unbeaten in the 16-team Super League this season and lead the pack on 48 points from 18 games. Wanderers are third with 32 points from 17 fixtures.