25 February 2013

Tanzania: Young Africans, Azam Match Churns Sh240 Million

THE Premier League encounter between leaders Yanga and Azam played at the 60,000-seater National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday realized 239,686,000/-, it has been unveiled.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer Boniface Wambura said in a statement yesterday the money was collected from a total of 39,315 fans who purchased tickets to watch the top of the table clash.

According to the statement the two teams received 58,794,927.45/- apiece after deducting match expenses, venue fee and Value Added Tax (VAT). Wambura revealed that the Value Added Tax amounted to 36,562,271.19/-, which is 18 per cent of the total revenue and the venue fee was 29,895,725.82/-, thus, 15 per cent of the total gross collection.

Other recipients of the match revenue were Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA), which received 6,975,669.36/-, the Football Development Fund (FDF), which had 8,968,717.75/- and Premier League Committee 17,937,435.49/-.

Initial match cost amounted to 17,937,435.49/- and tickets cost 3,183,890/-. The entrance fees for the game were 20,000/- for each of the VIP A seats, 15,000/- for the VIP B seats and 8,000/- for VIP C seats while fans at the rest of the stadium paid 5,000/- each.

"The 5,000/- fee attracted the majority of the spectators and produced 165,655,000/- while only 485 bought tickets that were pegged at 20,000/- , churning out 9,700,000/-," said Wambura.

The mouth-watering fixture, giants Yanga reopen a three point lead at the top of the top flight league after edging out Stewart Hall's title contenders Azam. Rwandan midfielder Haruna Niyonzima scored the lone goal of the match on 32 minutes with a sumptuous finish on the edge of the box after being set up by Jerryson Tegete.

The defeat put a dent to Azam's title aspirations. Yanga can move six points clear of Azam on Wednesday when they face Kagera Sugar.

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