Leader and founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has spread his reach wider by venturing into purposeful sport following the establishment of Shepherd Bushiri Academy of Sports as he continues his quest to promote talent in different fields.
The academy was launched in South Africa at a colourful event that attracted African Football legends including Esrom Nyandoro and Tiyani Mabunda OF Sundowns, Abel Shongwe from Kaizer Chiefs, William Okpara from Orlando Pirate and Ziggy, an official from SAFA. Former Celtic player Gideon also graced the historic event.
Speaking to the local media that attended the event, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, popularly known as ‘Major 1’ explained that its upon his social responsibility to give back to the community, citing talent promotion as part of his quest.
“I believe in young people and it has always interested me to uplift different talents. I came up with this academy in particular to reach out to the growing numbers of soccer talents. I know others might cite that I do not have football history, but I love soccer and I believe those passionate about the sport should be mentored and uplifted to realize their dreams,” explained the man of God.
“This is a project that will put a lot of youngsters on map and I intend to spend millions just to give them a challenging platform for the enhancement of their football talents,” he said.
He added: “ It’s so amazing to see how we have started, everything is on a high note and you can even see the excitement of the youngsters available here today, most of whom have already been spotted by big clubs to be signed to.”
Prophet Bushiri demonstrates his love for talents not just in football, but in music and poetry. He is currently promoting a number of artists in Africa including Malawi’s Onesimus , a musician who is currently on Africa tour and has so far planned a big concert for him in Botswana.
Shepherd Bushiri Academy has so far confirmed plans to send the young football stars to Europe for further training and possibilities of being signed to big football clubs.
According to Bushiri, the project will expand across Africa, including Malawi where he plans to unearth, uplift and promote young and talented football stars, to establish them and expose their talents to the whole world.