Robson FC, an Under 12 and Under 15 team based in Chinsapo Township in Lilongwe was all smiles on Saturday when it received a football kit donated by Malawians of goodwill living in the United States of America.
Named after the primary kit donor Tendani Mitole’s grandfather, Robson FC came second in the MDI sponsored community league in the Chinsapo and Likuni areas of Lilongwe.
The team has recently produced Civo United player Gerald Nkungula and his brother Innocent, who played for Blue Eagles but is now training with Civo United.
Caretaker of the team Ernest Mitole says his US based brother Tendani and son came to Malawi in 2010 and noticed that the team lacked equipment and uniforms.
He rallied his friends Juliana Lunguzi now based in Sudan, Lawrence Matengula from Texas and finally the Panyon, Earle, and Kossuth families of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who donated balls, boots and socks.
Lunguzi said she and her friends decided to uplift the youth team in order to make them more productive and organized to become receptive to behaviour change messages.
“I have done youth work and I know how important is for youth to be organized and active. Chinsapo is densely populated and the youth can get up to a lot of mischief but when they are organized like this team, stakeholders can bring them special behaviour change messages to
guide them,” she said.
Village headman of Bwemba, Henry Chikope said the boys were all well behaved and attend school because of the discipline instilled in them through playing football.
He has since facilitated for the team to have a normal playing ground, instead of the area around the community hall which lies between residences.