As the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) revealed-over the weekend- that it realised K503 million more gate revenue is expected in the second round of the TNM Super League.
The amount realised at halfway stage is comparatively over the K320 million that was realised at the same stage of the 2022 season.
The body’s president Fleetwood Haiya last weekend revealed-during a media briefing-held at Sulom head office in Blantyre aimed at providing an update for the first round.
Haiya attributed the rise in revenue collected among others to strict fiscal measures imposed on ticket and gate management and efforts to curb gate fraud.
Haiya lauded the intensity of league matches that has increased competitiveness among the 16 team pack that has seen the first round ending with a point difference between the top three teams.
Chitipa United Football Club was highlighted as a classic example in which the newly promoted club currently sits on position 3 with 29 points level with second placed Silver Strikers FC.
Incidentally the team from the north has so far the highest win rate in the division with 9 wins from 15 matches.
On this the Sulom chief said the one-game per week policy implemented by the new Sulom administration had proved to be a game changer in both the enhancement of competition but also assurance of health and safety of players.
Despite the gains noted in the first round Haiya also pointed out a number of challenges the league continues to face in the of proving a professional and quality top flight league.
Among others he cited the inadequacy of match venues where sometimes facility owners prefer other activities other than football which disturbs the season fixtures.
Another challenge cited was poor officiation where teams have complained through the media about the problem.
He pointed out that his body will soon engage the National Football Referees Association to solve some of officiation concerns raised by teams in this quarter.
The SULOM boss has also cautioned teams against registering their concerns through the media instead of using official channels.