Joyce Banda Foundation football team representing Malawi at the Pan-African Airtel Rising Stars tournament in Kenya on Thursday were sent after a goalless draw with Ghana.
The Malawi team could not book their slot in the semi-finals after coming second in second in Group B with five points whereby the West Africans had amassed seven points to sail through.
Joyce Banda Foundation director Roy Kachale Banda, son to President Joyce Banda, who was with the team in Kenya was full of praise for team despite their failure to progress.
He praised the courage of the players asn said they have now gained “experience.”
Roy parised the boys for an “impressive performance”, saying the players are beginning to rise to the challenge of big-time soccer.
Malawi thrashed hosts Kenya 5-1 in the opening match but were held to a one-all draw by Madagascar in their second game on Tuesday.
Joyce Banda and Namalimwe CDSS will return home on Sunday after watching the final on Saturday.
After the finals there will be an international soccer clinic under guidance of Manchester United and Arsenal Soccer schools. The clinics will take place in Nairobi and Accra.
Four outstanding players from Malawi; Henry Kamanga, Martin Mapinda, Mary Chavinda and Esther Chipangombe will attend a coaching clinic.