Airtel is to send two Malawian winning teams in the Airtel Rising Stars Competition to Kenya to participate in the company’s newly introduced Pan African Tournament.
To be held in that country’s capital, Nairobi, the tournament will draw together representatives from 16 African countries where the firm currently operates.
“The tournament will be held over a period of four days and we will see the top girls’ and boys’ teams from each participating country competing against each other for the title of Airtel Rising Stars African Champion,” Airtel Malawi Marketing Director, Enwell Kadango, told reporters in Blantyre.
This is the second edition of Africa’s largest youth football initiative – the Airtel Rising Stars soccer talent programme that aims to focus on identifying and nurturing budding soccer talent from the grassroots onto a national stage.
Kadango disclosed that Airtel Malawi will send two girls and two boys to a soccer clinic to be run by its partner, Manchester United Football Club of England.
Last year, during the first edition of Airtel Rising Stars, one girl and a boy were sent for the same training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The participating teams completed the competition at zone level last weekend while the district finals are expected to be done this weekend.
“We plan to hold the divisional finals on June 2 before having national finals on June 17,” concluded the marketing director.
Kadango also announced that this year’s tournament was running simultaneously with Airtel Rising Stars trivia where customers send an SMS written 1 to 51515 and answer football related questions to win different prizes.
“The grand prize is a trip to Old Trafford, the home base of Manchester United,” he explained adding that other prizes included original Man United jersey’s signed by the team’s players.
The winners will also receive authentication certificates from the English Premiership League giants valued at around K450 000 each.
The Airtel Rising Star provides a platform for upcoming soccer talent under the age of seventeen to showcase their skills to leading scouts and coaches, giving them an opportunity to further their football skills.