Shabana reveal the massive amount they collected from Premier League opener

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FOOTBALL Shabana reveal the massive amount they collected from Premier League opener

Joel Omotto 18:26 - 28.08.2023

Tore Bobe might have lost their FKF Premier League opening match but the club banked a significant amount of money from Sunday’s clash.

Shabana FC might have walked away empty-handed from their opening Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) match against Murang’a Seal but their bank balance received a big boost after raising over Ksh600,000 from gate collections.

Tore Bobe fans painted the Raila Odinga Stadium in Homa Bay County red and white on Sunday with a total of 4,363 tickets sold.

From the tickets, 835 were VIP, which were retailing at Ksh300, while 3,500 fans snapped up the regular ones which were being sold for Ksh100.

It means the club netted Ksh250,500 from VIP ticket sales while Ksh350,000 was realised from regular tickets, bringing the total to Ksh600,500.

“There are fans who bought regular tickets and upon reaching the regular area, they changed their minds and opted to go to VIP area. This required them to acquire two more regular tickets,” the club said via a social media post.

With almost all the other matches realising just a handful of supporters, Shabana banked the most money from ticket sales last weekend, showing just how fans can be a great source of revenue for clubs if managed well.

Shabana fans were the backbone of their team during their impressive National Super League (NSL) run when they did not have a sponsor, turning out in large numbers, with the club using proceeds from gate collections to sustain the team.

Even with the club shifting its home base to Homa Bay from Gusii Stadium, currently under renovation, Shabana supporters appear unfazed by the distance going by what was witnessed on Sunday.

The Shabana management adopted a transparent approach last season where fans are given a breakdown of what was realised from gate collection after every match to inject confidence among the supporters and boost attendance. 

It is perhaps a lesson for some of their Premier League rivals, especially Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, who had just a few fans in their opening matches despite the two clubs’ huge support base.

Shabana dominated Sunday’s contest but suffered a 1-0 loss when Batts Awita scored for Murang’a in injury time.

Sammy Okoth’s men are away to FC Talanta on Friday when the club hopes for another massive turnout.