Malawian kid to be one of the ball-boys at World Cup in Russia

For the first time in the history of Malawi football, a Malawian kid will have a rare opportunity of being an Official Match Ball Carrier (OMBC) at the World Cup in Russia this year.

A local ball boy -..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

HTD KIA Malawi Associate Marketing Consultant, Jonathan Zuze, disclosed this in Blantyre where one hundred kids from international schools like St Andrews and St Patrick’s were engaged in preliminary sporting tests in order to come up with ten who will compete with their friends from Lilongwe in the finals to get one lucky kid.

A similar event will take place at Bishop Mackenzie in Lilongwe and top ten kids from there will compete with the other ten from Blantyre in the finals on 18th March to arrive at just one kid who will be flown to Russia by HTD KIA who are among the sponsors of the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA certified coaches are conducting this kind of assessment in twenty six countries with funding from HTD KIA, to identify ball boys for this year’s World Cup from all corners of the world.

“We are looking for a sharp kid who can handle the pressure of carrying the official match ball before millions of people. The kid should be mentally sharp and physically fit.

“KIA is a global brand and has set global standards in selecting such a kid. That’s why we are engaging international high schools,” explained Zuze.

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Anthu ochititsa manyazi inu
Anthu ochititsa manyazi inu

Mukakhala ndi mipira ya local like BB, Wandras, civil mumatenga ana a kwansiridza, nchesi ndirande zingwangwa ndi madera ena okonda mpira, mumaonesa zochita. Now mukufuna mwana wa ku st. Andrews, St. Patricks and Bishop Mackenzi. Sindinawone mwana waku Bishop Mackenzi akutolera mpira ku Civil. Lets show the world of soccer who exactly soccer fun. Brazil ball boys anakhala amatengedwa mu ma ophanage, kuno ophanage ndi bishop Mackenzi lero?

Seek Truth

Get your facts right! The malawian company is HTD Limited not “HTD Kia”. They hold the franchise for KIA.
Funding is coming from KIA not from HTD.
HTD is not sponsoring the world cup, KIA is.
While this may seem like a noble endevour, it is rather biased. Only rich kids that attend expensive international schools are being considered. This is another attempt by this corrupt company to palm oil potential customers dusguised as a CSR project.


HTD ndi Gupta ya Malawi.


Do not tell me the ball-boy will come from among the usual boys we see around. No. That boy will come from a home in Namiwawa or Area 43 and will certainly be from Kamuzu Academy or St Andrews….the dad too will join with funding from FAM….may be even from among the DPP ministers………….Malawi.. Yes.!!


TO FAM and the Cooperative world eg the sponsors of Malawi League,Carlsberg Cup,Airtel Top 8 etc please try to organise some sports attire for these BALL BOYS in each and every game in our stadiums.So the way how you are seeing the picture of that boy who is feeling ashamed now,the boy or the organisers?How can you allow such this a boy with a torn short and bare footed for that matter?SHAME!!!!!!!!!!


My question here is,does it mean to become a BALL BOY you need to have a certificate or you must be educated first?I total agree with my fellow guys here who have expressed their views(aggrievances) the way how you are going to select a BALL BOY.Please lets stop this SELECTIVENESS


Is that something to be proud of ????? Kutolera mpira basi ?


Komatu kabudulayo… that calls for a Carlsberg indeed 😀


Why should you choose kids from high Schools when in fact it’s the boys from poor backgrounds from slam townships who take part in Local football. This is segregation from HTD. Change the criteria right away.

One size fits all

Tsopano kuika chithuzi chong’ambika kabudula kuti zimveke bwanji? of all the pictures???

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