Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) information officer Boniface Wambura

Poor gate collection realized in Mainland Premier League matches that do not involve big guns, Simba and Yanga, hit a new low on Wednesday this week as the National Sports Council (NSC) received a record meagre share of 51/- from the gate collection from the match between African Lyon and Polisi Dodoma played at the Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said the match realized a total of 45,000/- from only 15 fans that bought ticket to watch it. NSC, one of the parties that usually have a share of the gate collections, came out worse after the breakdown of the match’s collection, in which the body got just 51/-.

“After deducting the 18 per cent of the Value Added Tax (VAT), which is 6,864.41/-, the two teams received 2,591/- apiece, 514/- met stadium expenses, TFF got 514/-, Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA) took 205/- and the Football Development Fund (FDF) had 257/-,” he said.

The Polisi Dodoma versus African Lyon match’s gate collection looks a mere drop in the ocean, when compared to the one realized in the match between league leaders, Simba, and Arusha’s JKT Oljoro played at the National Stadium in the city on Wednesday, in which the game fetched 40,191,000/-.

Wambura said about 11,860 fans turned up at the ultra-modern venue to watch the match, whose entrance fee was 15,000/- for each of the VIP A seats, while each of the seats in other parts of the venue cost 3,000/-, 5,000/- and 10,000/- respectively. The TFF official said after the deduction of the match’s earlier expenses and 18 per cent of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from the total gate collection, the two teams got 7,023,171/- apiece while a total of 2,341,057/- met the venue expenses.

Other parties that had a share of the gate collection were the Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA), which received 936,423/-, TFF got 2,341,057/-, Football Development Fund (FDF) had 1,170,528/- as the National Sports Council (NSC) took 234,106/-.

Meanwhile, the National First Division League’s second round, played in three different groups, is expected to kick off today with six matches on the cards. In group A, Morani FC of Manyara will host Burkina Faso of Morogoro in a game that has been scheduled to take place in Kiteto in the northern region.

All six teams in group B will be in action, in which Small Kids of Rukwa will confront Polisi of Iringa at the Jamhuri venue in Morogoro while Mbeya City and Tanzania Prisons will lock horns at the Sokoine Memorial Stadium in Mbeya as Majimaji will play Mlale JKT at the Majimaji Stadium in Songea.

Two matches will be played in group C, in which AFC of Arusha will meet Manyoni in Singida, while Rhino and Polisi of Tabora will clash at the Ali Hassan Mwinyi Stadium in Tabora. Another group C match, penned for tomorrow, will see 94 KJ and Polisi Morogoro lock horns at the Mabatini venue in Mlandizi, Coast Region.

Source Tanzania Daily News

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