Surestream Petroleum Limited a British Firm that is exploring oil on Lake Malawi has opened preliminary talks with Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to establish a soccer academy in Mzuzu.
The Company’s General Manager Keith Robinson disclosed this in Mzuzu when the company and Ministry of Mines and Environment Affairs held a public hearing on Environmental Impact Assessment Report of the areas the firm is conducting oil exploration exercise.
However, Robinson declined to shed more details such as when the academy would be established in Mzuzu and on areas where the talks has touched during an interview with Journalists.
Robinson was reacting to concerns raised by Gopher Sichali who wondered why the firm is conducting social responsibility programs in areas far away from where it is doing its investment.
Sichali cited the establishment of a soccer academy in Blantyre while Surestream is conducting oil exploration between Chitipa and Nkhotakota.
But Robinson said establishment of the academy in Blantyre was based on practicality and that the academy was established to benefit the whole country including all areas of its investment.
He said several boys from Karonga, Mzuzu and Nkhatabay among others have been recruited and are at the academy.
“We were offered MDC Stadium which was in derelict state on condition that it should be refurbished. We did that and opened a soccer academy that has benefited kids in all areas we’re conducting oil exploration like Karonga,Rumphi,Karonga and other parts of the country.
“There is a [soccer] facility which has been built by FIFA in this region. We are meanwhile started preliminary talks with the Football Association on prospects of opening another soccer academy in this region,” he explained.
He also disclosed that his company is also working with technical director of Surestream Soccer Academy on modalities of a scholarship program to be granted to some of the kids at the academy.
He therefore appealed to the public to exercise patience as all things cannot be done overnight saying every initiative has a starting point.
“It takes time to get things right,” he said.
He also heaped a lot of praise on the academy’s Under-14 and Under 17 teams whom he said are doing exceptionally well.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :