Bushiri Academy of Sports launched in SA: Malawian prophet wants to develop football stars

Leader and founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has spread his reach wider by venturing into purposeful sport following the establishment of Shepherd Bushiri Academy of Sports as he continues his quest to promote talent in different fields.

Bushri with trainers at the academy

Bushri with trainers at the academy

Bushiri launches academy of sports

Bushiri launches academy of sports

Bushiri with a young soccer talent at his academy

Bushiri with a young soccer talent at his academy

The academy was launched in South Africa at a colourful event that attracted African Football legends including Esrom Nyandoro and Tiyani Mabunda OF Sundowns,  Abel Shongwe from Kaizer  Chiefs, William Okpara from Orlando Pirate and Ziggy, an official from SAFA. Former Celtic player Gideon also graced the historic event.

Speaking to the local media that attended the event, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, popularly known as ‘Major 1’ explained that its upon his social responsibility to give back to the community, citing talent promotion as part of his quest.

“I believe in young people and it has always interested me to uplift different talents. I came up with this academy in particular to reach out to the growing numbers of soccer talents. I know others might cite that I do not have football history, but I love soccer and I believe those passionate about the sport should be mentored and uplifted to realize their dreams,” explained the man of God.

“This is a project that will put a lot of youngsters on map and I intend to spend millions just to give them a challenging platform for the enhancement of their football talents,” he said.

He added: “ It’s so amazing to see how we have started, everything is on a high note and you can even see the excitement of the youngsters available here today, most of whom have already been spotted by big clubs to be signed to.”

Prophet Bushiri demonstrates his love for talents not just in football, but in music and poetry. He is currently promoting a number of artists in Africa including Malawi’s Onesimus , a musician who is currently on Africa tour and has so far planned a big concert for him in Botswana.

Shepherd Bushiri Academy has so far confirmed plans to send the young football stars to Europe for further training and possibilities of being signed to big football clubs.

According to Bushiri, the project will expand across Africa, including Malawi where he plans to unearth, uplift and promote young and talented football stars, to establish them and expose their talents to the whole world.

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51 thoughts on “Bushiri Academy of Sports launched in SA: Malawian prophet wants to develop football stars”

  1. salako david says:

    I want to be part of the football school am from Nigeria

  2. Lerata Malebo says:

    I would like to thank my papa Prophet Shepherd Bushiri for the love he has, my child added the training, and he is selected due to the high performance he gave, I thank My Jesus for using my papa, to save the world…Glory be to God..

  3. lebo says:

    I am a south african n i hav not yet seen or heard him preach. Lets js all remember that the bible says that a prophet will be hated n shunned by his own people. This prophet has made a name for himself and God is leading the way. Dont hate, let him be.

  4. Mtumbuka wa Atumbuka says:

    Bushiri is Tumbuka his mother is Tumbuka and he has grown up in Rumphi and Mzuzu, he has copied all the tribal aspects of Northerners…..thats what we are seeing. Bring federation to Malawi, in ten years time, ALL of you will be flocking to Mzuzu. And you know it…..

  5. KK says:

    Farther from Ntcheu, mother from Mzimba. Surely lobola was paid as Ngoni culture demands. Then he is from Ntcheu where his farther comes from not in Mzimba. Parents settled in Rumphi not for chikamwini reasons as it is not the Ngoni custom. Bottom line he is not Tumbuka. I rest my case.

  6. Damson Eric says:

    it is agood development but what Iz worrying me Iz that why he started it in SA yet in Malawi as his motherland we are lacking such development

  7. Nt cheq says:

    You Malawian hate Bushiri yerrr why sshoul. He invest in ppeople who hate him

  8. Ayo says:

    Bushiri parents not settled in phoka but Hewe- Rumphi west beyond bolero- sub TA zolokere; TA katumbi. Father from Ntcheu married to a tumbuka and settled there. Mwambo wa chichewa kwawo ndi kwa mai ako. Mwambo wa chitumbuka kwawo ndi kwa bambo ako so conclude dont just make noise.

  9. wokhuzidwa says:

    malawi is very poor hence not good for investment and thats why all pastors in malawi will not become rich like him unless they go to preach in rich countries.Malawians lets pray hard to fullfil what bible says”it will not be easy for rich people to enter into the heaven.

  10. Mike says:

    @Mtumbuka wa Tumbuka, can you see how embarrassing your attitude is towards other tribes, after realising that Major 1 is not Tumbuka? Leave Man of God alone. Do not drag him in your tribal issues. A Tumbuka growing up in Liliongwe, that does not make him a Chewa. otherwise 90% of you could have been Chewas.

  11. Kamuzu Mbewe says:

    He has used offerings offered by South Africans in Rand. Kodi inu a Malawi mungaponye zopereka mpakana Bushiri kumangira sports academy mu dziko lina. Living below the poverty line like this?

  12. Tonde wa mbuzi says:

    For those who love and fear God, sky is the limit. Papa invest anywhere as directed by God, not by anyone else.
    I love you Major 1, and as a Malawian I am happy and proud of you.

  13. C Mapila says:

    I thought a prophet is a preacher not a.businessman. according to bible prophet were messengers of God and not businessmen. Koma machurch yasopano kaya. Because If one question They hat you. People are so brainstorming washed. I have reda pysvhology. People start churches to get Richthen go intog busines

  14. FREEDOM says:

    NSANJE AMALAWI WILL NOT HELP US LETS SUPPORT THE MAN OF GOD FOR BRINGING THIS FANTASTIC IDEAS ITS FOR ALL OF US NOT HIMSELF. LETS SUPPORT HIM THIS PULL DOWN SYNDROME WILL NOT HELP ANYONE AT ALL. i salute the man of god for his innovations. AMEN MAN OF GOD PLEASE EXTEND THIS TO MALAWI AS WELL WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.AMEN

  15. Zanda says:

    koma ndiye tingotseka makutu apa ndi maso.

  16. odomondo says:

    Kodi a Malawi Vuto lanu ndi chani? you are failing to put things straight in this country ngati muli anzeru koma ayi kumakalimbina ndi munthu wamulungu…….most of you stupid Malawians who always say Bushiri this Bushiri that palibe cha nzeru chomwe munapangapo chothandiza ziko lanu koma blame game stupid!……Go Major 1 GO…..these Malawians are feeling pain because of what you are doing in other countries thats why they hate you…this is plain truth akumva pain Malawi.They never like you koma akufuna munthu wamulungu azibweresa such development ku Malawi…………Man of Gold all the best and I really enjoyed your interviews with Zodiak and Times…….Asiyeni anazolowera kulira a Malawi

  17. puleng Lepoqop says:

    Major 1 please pray for me & my family my doughter is in grade 5 & I am sick

  18. Kennedy says:

    Today’s actitvities are questionable indeed let’s open our eyes and oppose false prophets and encourage and support those called by God. Let’s not judge buchiri for only God knows what’s going on, the question to buchiri is why is he doing all of these things in foreighn land? If at all malawians offended him once is he holding grudges? Galu yikulonda uko wakuyi menyera. If buchiri is not after cash why is not living in his home country? Atfer all it can be good if he live there so that people can follow him like Tb joshua.

  19. Eno Mau says:

    second is Malawi zabwino zilikubwera major 1

  20. bristol says:

    Al the best Prophet Bushiri. Young people will be empowered in terms of football talent.

  21. wechete says:

    WE ARE CONNECTED SPIRITUALLY WITH MAJOR 1. OUR BLESSINGS FROM GOD ARE VIA THE PROPHET BUSHIRI. THESE BLESSING WILL REACH AND BE SPREAD IN MALAWI AND WORLD OVER BY US BUSHIRI’S FOLLOWERS. AMEN

  22. wechete says:

    akudziwa chimene akuchita the major 1 ndalama zachulukitsa osabwera kuzamanga sukuluya Ana amasiye kumpotoku kuti Ana amasiye azingophunzira ulele bwanji? the majestrety.

  23. Che white says:

    Good news continue blessings others Major but my plea buy ICU machine for your own brothers and sisters at Kamuzu central hospital and akumbukeni a ndende akudya nsima kamodzi in every 3 days.

  24. namila says:

    Bushiri akudziwa kuti a Malawi ndi opusa. Inu muzingomupatsa ndalamazo iye citukuko apanga kwina.He knows Malawians cannot develope anything!

  25. Mtumbuka wa Atumbuka says:

    Whether Bushiri is from Ntcheu kaya kuti koma wakula ku mpoto uyu kubatizidwa ndi nzeru za ku mpoto zimene ambiri mwainu makamaka mijomba ndi angulu zimakuvutani.

  26. mR 265CUrIOUS says:

    That is great work,but i have a few questions

    if it is an academy where are the structures to support the claim(the same for the university and mines), why is there a tent only and that looks like a public ground?
    If he is launching an academy how come we don’t have names of his technical team that is the coach for starters?
    why establish it in foreign countries and not Malawi

  27. waliwali says:

    Akuziwa zomwe akuchita Bushiriyo.Major 1 tiye nazoni zabwinozo,yeeeeeeee

  28. Sizowe says:

    Vuto ndi a Malawife “NSANJE” ndi “KADUKA” tidzakhala otsalarila choncho go Bushiri go shssBushiri!!!!!!

  29. geof says:

    The turn for malawi will come. Lets be patient iyeeeeee

  30. khal drogo says:

    maybe you folks are just too naive or just plain silly, but as far as i know malawi is just too poor for a thinking person to invest here.

    how many of you have dstv? how many times has the water and electricity been disconnected at your house? how many times have your children been sent back from school for lack of fees and uniform? how many times have you walked one way so you can afford the return fare? did you eat beef, chicken or fish this week? when was the last time you had milk in your coffee/tea? have you eaten corn flakes this year? do you own a car? do you live in your own house? are you on medical aid? is your tv insured? do you buy groceries day by day or for the whole month?

    these questions may be very difficult for a malawian to answer but to a south african, even a deep ghetto south african, these are straight forward neccessities.

    mayiko a anzathu umatha kutenga benz yaiwisi olo nyumba imene ndikumalipila pamwezi. ukakhaka miyezi ingapo osapanga ngozi kapena kupanga claim insurance, amakubwezelako ndalama yako pang’ono. okalamba ndi odwala amalandilako kangachepe.

    a shrewd businessman invests in a country where the population has ample disposable income. maybe if you find more uranium and manage it better bushiri will come home, otherwise please leave him alone. nzanu wapeza n’tachi inu mukutakatabe.

  31. NAPHIRI says:

    MUNTHU AMANYOZEDWA KWAWO APANGA BWANJI CHITUKUKO,OLO MUTAKHALA INUYO MESA U CAN DO MORE KUMALO KOMWE YOU ARE BEING APPRECIATED, IF YOU ARE OWEZ ATTACKED KWANU MUNGAKHALEKO?

  32. Wiseone says:

    I dont trust a prophet who leaves his country

  33. northerner says:

    Atumbuka, Bushil si mtumbuka, he is from Ntcheu ku mpoto wachita kukagula malo ku Phoka ndikukaikako makolo ake . Iye anapita kumpoto chifukwa chakuleledwa ndi abale ake omwe anli ku Moyale Barracks, anayamba za upolofeti wakewo ali ku mpoto niyeno chidamukomela kugula malo komweko monga momwe atumbuka amagulia malo kunomu. Atumbuka mudzanka ndi mvula ya chilala. Bwanji mumakonda kuchemerera zinthu zosayenela kuzichemelera dere ngakhale kuti munthu nzau wa ku mpotodi wachita choterechi ndiye ikhale nkhani yotukwanila anzanu kuti mwaona wathu wachita zakutizakuti, koma mbuli zakumpoto ndiye koma eee, asaveji anthu a ku mpoto, agulukunyinda. ambwengu inu, akamitondoli.

    1. zebron henry banda says:

      You seem to have issues with northerners.You display,explicit,hatred towards them.People will kill you for such vitriol,my country man.Yeshisa umoya,mfondini.You are plain dangereax(fr).Pasop!

    2. kadamanja says:

      Ndemwanyozatu choncho dziko lingalemere? Sankho lomweli Economy yikukanikani, simukuwona?

  34. Diversification from spreading the gospel to entrepreneurship…….and this has overshadowed the Gods business…we have had Apostles like Mbewe,Ziba,Ndovi…….lets open our eyes these monies belongs here but transferred to south and belongs to the clever cat in the on going cash g………scandle……vrooooom yanyamuka…..the fear of investing in Malawi

  35. Mike says:

    @Mtumbuka wa Tumbuka, we don’t look at Major 1 as a Tumbuka. We look at him as a man of God. Beside he is from Ntchewu but grew up in the north because the parents settled in Bolero Rumphi district.

  36. Big Boshah says:

    Mutichan Apa Akananayambira Kuno Ku Mw? Siinu Amene Mkanayamba Zoyankhulayankhula. Wachta Bwno Msadandaule Azayambsa Koma Ku Mpoto Kaye.

  37. Acquila says:

    But you other Malawians questioning y he is investing in other countries are pathetic n foolish. Have you forgotten how much you hate the man of God. Remove Ur jealous.

  38. Ambuyeee says:

    Lets talk about a Malawian who is achieving not atumbuka after all he is not a tumbuka not even a drop in him

  39. Ellias says:

    comment number 9, ukuti chani? ndiwe wozerezeka eti. Olo uli iwe, akwanu adzikunyoza nkupita kwina nkukakulandila ndi manja awwiri uthandiza kaye ati?

  40. Girl Lady says:

    I tap the annointing Major one Iyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ma haters muli kuti ambuyedi amakweza ndithu ndipo ine sindimusiya Yesu

  41. Peter says:

    Aaaa I don’t have a problem ndima project ake but why giving priority to other countries at the expense of his own Malawi.. borrow a leaf from the then surestream now fisd we have rich talent yongosowekela anthu ngat achina bushiri home is best Major…

  42. Sato wa Sato says:

    zugwirizana pati ndikuwapondeleza atumbuka mtumbuka wa mtumbuka? Is he the only Malawian doing remarkable stuff?

  43. Willie Chimseu says:

    This is amazing Major . Malawians are proud of u

  44. anong'a says:

    yooo thus nice

  45. Mtumbuka wa Atumbuka says:

    Atumbuka mumakonda kuwapondeleza aja mwawona nzeru zawo? Agalu inu. federation ibwere kuti Atumbuka atukule Malawi

  46. No Name says:

    its not abad development but why is he buisy assisting foreign countries when here at home teams are struggling to get sponsers and are disbanding??dont understand,,charity begins at home

  47. jona mtowa says:

    major 1 vili makora mkulu

  48. kk says:

    Katiyenazoni,apo zifike mpomwepo, zioneka ndithu kuti zathela apa kwinako ndikwa Yesu mwana wa Mulungu wamoyo, the Lion of Judah! good move Man of God!!!

  49. Truck says:

    WHEN JESUS SAY YES NOBODY CAN NO.GO! BUSHIRI GO! NDIYE A MALAWI NDI NSANJE YANU NGATI YA NKHUNDA MUTI BWANJI?Kiki!

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