JBF, Matindi leave for Airtel tournament in Nigeria

Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) and Matindi Private left on Saturday for Airtel Rising Africa football Championship to be held in Lagos Nigeria.

JBF will represent the country in the boy’s category while Matindi will be in the girls category in the tournament scheduled for September 16-22

Airtel Malawi Public Relations Officer Edith Tsilizani said Malawi’s delegation left in two groups with Matindi leaving earlier because they failed to secure enough space for them to be booked on one flight.

“We would have loved to have the teams leave together but we had problems with bookings,” Tsilizani said.

JB hosted the team at Sanjika Place last week.
JB hosted the team at Sanjika Place last week.

For the second year running, the Airtel Africa Championship will provide an opportunity for budding stars to showcase their football skills and to gauge their raw talent against continental peers.

Philip Sowah, Managing Director at Airtel Ghana, said: “The Airtel Africa Championship seeks to bolster the quality of football played in Africa. At Airtel, we are convinced that by creating playing opportunities for participants, we develop their potential.”

The Third Edition of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) initiative has taken place in 16 countries across Africa with hundreds of thousands of youngsters taking part in the regional and national tournaments.

The best teams of each country will be pitted against each other in the Airtel Africa Championship. The winning teams will receive the grand prize of USD 10,000.

The money will be used towards the players’ education.

The 2012 pan-African Championship Tournament saw the girls from Ghana and the boys from Niger emerge as the Airtel Rising Stars champions.

The Nigerian players will be keen to win the tournament in front of their fans, after failing to do so in last year’s edition.

The pan-African tournament is bound to be exciting as Africa’s youth soccer powerhouses, such as Ghana and Zambia, will be eager to upset the host nation.

By designing a big stage for the teams and the future soccer stars, Airtel is inching closer to its objective of becoming the biggest and most consistent supporter of grassroots football in Africa.

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