E-ticketing could aid Malawi’s gate revenue theft issue – report 

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An investigation report from the Malawi National Council of Sports (MCS) into gate revenue theft and fraud at football matches in the country has suggested the implementation of e-ticketing. 

According to a report from Capital Radio Malawi, the MNCS established a taskforce to look into the issue, after six people were convicted and fined for stealing K400,000 (£331/€373/$393) during a Super League of Malawi (SULOM) match.

The convictions also coincided with the suspension of Jeremiah Mwagomba, who was the accountant of Super League team FCB Nyasa Big Bullets. Mwagomba had allegedly attempted to steal K750,000 in gate revenue at a league game against Mighty Tigers.

MNCS chairperson Sunduzwayo Madis told Capital Radio Malawi: “The taskforce gave us the report and we adopted it. We then gave the report to a specialised committee of finance and sports development so that they recommend what are immediate, medium and long-term issues in the initial report.”

He added: “We are excited that SULOM contestants were all talking about introducing e-payment. We need to stop paying cash at the gate.”

Madis also said that there would be further steps taken, such as making sure there are turnstiles at the entrance of stadiums, so that attendees are counted.

Last month during the 2022 Super League prize presentation, SULOM and sponsors TNM said that spectators will need to pay for league matches using a TNM Mpamba debit card, and that venues will have Point of Sale (POS) machines.