JB cheers JBF team for defending Airtel Rising Star title

Malawi leader President Joyce Banda on Saturday congratulated Joyce Banda Football Team for winning the 2013 Airtel Rising Stars Competition at a reception that took place at Sanjika palace in Blanytre.

President Banda  – who owns the Joyce Banda International School – said she was pleased to note that the school managed to defend the title this year after winning a similar challenge last year.

Banda advised the players  to work hard in their school work and not only concentrate on football.

“Football has life span, but when you are well educated you can live well even after your football career has ended,” said President Banda looking at her husband,  retired Chief Justice Richard Banda a former football star.

President Banda being shown the trophy

President Banda being shown the trophy

Speaking on behalf of Airtel Malawi, Dr Mathews Mtumbuka who is head of IT said his company is encouraged with the way the competition has been run saying Joyce Banda Foundation deserved to win due to excellent football displayed by the tea.

“We are happy as a  sponsor to note that through this competition we are able to develop football in Malawi,” he said.

Director of the School Roy Kachale Banda thanked the President for being visionary in how the school is run. Kachale Banda said all the football members of the team are studying at the school under scholarship.

“We thank you for working tirelessly in finding scholarships for these students and the students shall remain very grateful to you Madam,” said Kachale Banda.

“It is our hope that we should support them even up to the university level,” he said.

Mrs Mwale of Chilomoni who spoke on behalf of the parents thanked the President for the scholarships, saying this has eased the financial burden of the families that have benefitted from the scholarships.

The team leaves for Nigeria on September 14 where they will compete at a continental level.

President Banda with the winning team

President Banda with the winning team

Pres. Banda, Airtel's Mtumbuka on the left, First  Gentleman retired Chief Justice Richard Banda and Roy Kachale Banda

Pres. Banda, Airtel’s Mtumbuka on the left, First Gentleman retired Chief Justice Richard Banda and Roy Kachale Banda

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