Airtel flies out 3 Malawi rising stars to Man U soccer clinics

Airtel Malawi Limited on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 flew out three young Malawian soccer stars to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where they are expected to undergo a week-long training camp under the guidance of experts from Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) soccer academies.

The youngsters, who were identified during last year’s Airtel Rising Stars secondary schools competition include Timothy Gova from Joyce Banda Foundation, Limbani Phiri from Nanjati CDSS and Omega Kapulukila from SOS.

Gova and Phiri are expected to participate in a soccer training camp with Kapulukila earmarked for a girls’ football session.

According to Malawi Schools Sports Association general secretary Blackson Malamula, a total of 16 African countries will take part in the training camp.

Initially, Malawi was expected to send two boys and two girls but one girl, Fanny Mwale from SOS has failed to make the trip after reportedly being discouraged by her club DD Sunshine.

The Malawi schools’ soccer body has since condemned the behavior by DD Sunshine, accusing the club’s owner David Dube of denying the girl a life-time opportunity.

“We are not happy with the behaviour by Mr Dube. Airtel has invested a lot in the girls and we did not expect Mr Dube, who is an executive member of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to behave in this way,” said Malamula.

Malamula said Massa has already informed Fam about the behavior of Dube and will be referring the matter to Sports Council.

Efforts to talk to Dube, who is on a tour of northern region with his club proved futile.

The three young stars flew aboard a Malawian Airline flight and were seen off by their guardians, Massa and Airtel officials.

Gladys Phiri, mother to Limbani and Omega’s sister Irene Kapulukila said they were excited to see the girls scaling to such heights with their soccer and education career.

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