Three Airtel Rising Stars who participated in the week-long Manchester United Youth Soccer Clinic in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania are back home with fond memories of their East African tour.
The stars- Timothy Gova from Joyce Banda Foundation, Limbani Phiri from Nanjati CDSS and Omega Kapulukila from SOS arrived home on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 after acquiring new soccer skills- courtesy of experts from Machester United Football Academy.
Speaking in an interview after landing at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Kapulukila described the tour as highly beneficial.
“It was a wonderful experience being trained by experts from one of the world’s greatest clubs and meeting our fellow young stars from other African countries. We learnt a lot of new skills from the English experts and will be sharing these skills with our local colleagues,” said Kapulukila.
The female star also expressed happiness at the reception they got in Tanzania, saying their welfare was well taken care of by the hosts.
Airtel’s property officer Emmanuel Kaunda described the training facilities and the general environment at the training camp as excellent.
“The training took place at newly built premises for Tanzanian top league club Azam and the facilities were just excellent. The expert from Man U academies were also great and after each training session, they were presenting awards to outstanding stars. Limbani got two awards of best marker and best work rate,” said Kaunda.
According to Kaunda, youngsters from 10 African countries took part in the training camp in which two countries Niger and the host nation had full squads.
Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) general secretary Blackson Malamula, who welcomed the stars hailed Airtel for sponsoring the tour, which he said would not only benefit the youngsters but the country as a whole.