Malawi boy signs for Manchester City football academy

A highly-rated young Malawi-born player has been signed by Manchester City Football Academy.

Jeremy Wisten (Centre) at signing ceremony, Etihad Campus

Jeremy Wisten (Centre) at signing ceremony, Etihad Campus

Jeremy Wisten (Right) in action against Chelsea, Cobham

Jeremy Wisten (Right) in action against Chelsea, Cobham

Jeremy Wisten has been signed by Manchester City for their Under 13 Elite Squad.

Jeremy was born in Lilongwe to Malawi parents. The family settled in England when he was one year old.

He returns to Malawi during his football and school break in July this year when he hopes to provide some inspiration to other Malawi school kids in realising their dreams.

The Malawi-born football sensation long-term ambition is to be the best centre back in England. He is quick, strong and fearless – qualities celebrated at the signing ceremony.

He joins a squad of multi-national young talent at the £200 million  world class academy and becomes one of only two players to join this elite squad from the Manchester City Talent Select system in the past two years.

His journey is one of hard work and dedication. Prior to Manchester City, Jeremy played grass roots football at Altrincham Juniors FC in Greater Manchester before moving to Salford-based De La Salle FC in 2014 where he helped his team win the coveted Manchester FA County Cup in style, conceding only one goal in the entire competition.

He also played for Trafford Schoolboys during 2015.

Jeremy was scouted by Manchester City in March 2015 and has since trained and played with both the City Select squad and the Elite Academy Squad.

His signing concludes a successful formal trial period and marks his official entry into this elite and ambitious football academy. He can now look forward to both national and international matches in his age group and more hard work.

Asked who he wants to emulate, Jeremy responds “Maybe Vincent Kompany, just a bit better! With hard work I can do it”.

And the hard work is there to see. Every week he has 4 days of football training when school and football are merged at City and a junior premier league match on Sunday.

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24 thoughts on “Malawi boy signs for Manchester City football academy”

  1. peace says:

    amalawi mwatani kodi?mwayamba kufufunza amene tili ndi ana kunjaku eti simalawi ameneu koma makolowo eya tamzukani nanga koma gayezi kucheza kuli apo koma ndalama yavuta gaezi wat to do?

  2. adumie says:

    mmmmm this boy isn’t Malawian but parent’s

  3. The parents are from Mw but not the child! Palibepo chanzeru apa…but I should say congrats to the parents…

  4. Limbikani Benson says:


  5. My says:

    The boy is English, he qualifies as homegrown but he can play for either Malawi or England under FIFA rules but Malawi Flames are not too appealing so I suppose he will pick England. Better chance of playing at top level competitions.

  6. rodney saka says:

    We have Gaba,we have Jeremy,continue with the list guys…..these skillful players can make Malawi stand on top of the hill

  7. Daniel Kaiwe says:

    yap! thus briliant my boy Jeremy.This is nothing but fruitful achievement. thumbs up tu you Young boy.

  8. pachalo says:

    That’s my boy jj u keep it up young man we love you alot and we will always support you xxx

  9. Which national team is he going to represent England or Malawi?
    Had it been that We have Junior national team.i.e under 17 we would have use that player but the problem is that we dont have any which may attempt him start representing England as he wants to get national team call up

  10. Felix Manda says:

    He left malawi at the age of one!i think wl never play for malawi since he has been n uk for more than a decade,even the surname its self is not that f malawian type.tizingofela fungo basi uyu siwathu.

  11. Tadziwana says:

    The first name and sirname does not sound Malawian it could be Malawian if he had names Chimwemwe phiri, Lasford mkandawire, Thamando mphepo not what you have written here.

  12. andy johnstone says:

    Mwana ndiwang’ono uyu chonde atolankhani musamusokoneze…..

  13. lawrence jedo says:

    big up.

  14. Lonjezo Clement Mtukula says:


  15. Prince Goman Nkhoma says:

    Mulungu akuzipanga kuti zikhale better kuMalawi kuno

  16. John says:

    Where do Wisten’s in Malawi come from? Chitipa or Nsanje? I wish he was known as bamusi or something else. Don’t claim he is a Malawian boy he is British

  17. Lonjezo Clement Mtukula says:

    Nkhani yabwino kudziko la Malawi.Mnyamatayu ndikumufunila zabwino zonse.

  18. racket says:

    Mwananga azapanga cashgate patsogolo. Azakhalanso young democrat

  19. Bibo says:

    That is the reason why dual citizenship is important.You search for all talent available in all parts of the world. The west African countries depend on such talent, and in fact the majority of their professionals happen to have been born in Europe.Zambia has just changed their laws to allow dual citizenship.Looks like Malawi is a sleepy country even in the 21st century.

  20. Koma malamulo a Malawi salola yemwe ali ndi ma pasport awiri kutumikira dziko lino. Mixxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  21. Alikopala says:

    That’s great but he is not our property, he belongs to England.

  22. Kalizalizard says:

    I doubt if he will be willing to play for a loosing team the ”FLAMES”

  23. khal drogo says:

    congratulations youngster. opulumutsa dziko lathu mukuchulukila-chulukila. bushiri, mwayi, chilemba, tay grin, prisoners band and now wisten. okuba nonse chitani manyazi. ndalama imakoma ukayigwilila nchito

    all the best!

  24. 2016 welcome says:

    Was born here yes, but I don’t think if he climbs the ladder of his football career he will be any closer to be a Malawi’s flag carrier. Not news worthy for Malawi.

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