LAST Sunday's Mainland Premier League clash between hosts Yanga and Prisons staged at the National Stadium realized 101,016,000/-, the Tanzania Football Federation announced.
TFF Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, said in a statement that the amount was collected from a total of 17,946 spectators who paid entrance fees to watch the match at the ultra modern 60,000-seater venue. Whilst match tickets were pegged at 5,000/-, 8,000/-, 15,000/- and 20,000/-, the majority, 16,158 fans opted for the lowest entrance fee, with only 98 paying the highest fee.
The statement showed that each team got shs 24,314,752.45 while the Tanzania Revenue Authority received shs 15,409,220.34 as Value Added Tax, which is 18 per cent of the total collection. It said match expenses amounted to shs 7,413,060.07, while other expenses include 15 per cent for the venue (12,363,433.45/-), ticketing (3,183,890/-), Football Development Fund (3,709,030.03/-) and DRFA (2,884,801.14/-).
Premier League clubs received a huge lift after the government agreed to review deductions from gate collection revenue, which will now see teams earning decent amount from their matches than before.
The Deputy Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Amos Makalla, revealed on Friday that the government, which solely owns the 60,000-seater National Stadium, will from effective Saturday deduct 15 per cent of the collections after Value Added Tax (VAT).
Makalla said after a number of meetings between the government, Mainland Premier League Committee officials, the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) they agreed the government should take only 15 per cent of the revenue and get away with the other fixed cost being deducted before.
Makalla said, the 15 per cent collection from each match that will be played at the venue will also cater for all previous deductions that have now been erased, including deduction for the National Stadium Management, Beijing Construction 2m/-, security, cleanness and electricity.