Airtel Rising Stars clean Lilongwe ahead of finals

Young soccer stars from 12 school teams competing at the national finals for this year’s Airtel Rising Stars’ boys and girls’ football competition on Friday, June 27, 2014 put behind all their rivalry as they joined hands in cleaning the streets of Lilongwe City.

The stars started cleaning the city from the road junction at C-Company in Old Town, going up to Area 3 Round About and completed the exercise at Nico Centre, popularly known as Game Pack, where they were also joined by Airtel and Malawi Schools Sports Association officials (Massa).

Social Responsibility- The stars sweeping at Nico Centre

Social Responsibility- The stars sweeping at Nico Centre

The Stars pose for Nyasa Times after cleaning the streets.

The Stars pose for Nyasa Times after cleaning the streets.

Speaking after the exercise, Massa president Ken Mphande said the whole idea was to instill a sense of responsibility and team spirit in the Rising Stars ahead of the national finals.

“Before going into the national finals, we decided to engage the rising stars into this noble exercise to instill a sense of responsibility and team work amongst them. Being good on the field of play is not enough for one to be a star but you also have to be a responsible citizen,” said Mphande.

Airtel officials Emmauel Kaunda and Mphatso Mponda, who joined the exercise hailed the team spirit amongst the rising stars.

“We are greatly impressed with the discipline and team spirit demonstrated by the youngsters. They were all in high spirits and enjoyed the exercise. We are looking forward to an exciting finale and people should patronize the final games in their large numbers,” said
Kaunda.

The national play-offs started today (June 28, 2014) at Kamuzu Institute of Sports and Lilongwe Technical College and final matches for both the boys and girls’ categories have been scheduled for the Kamuzu Institute on Sunday afternoon.

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