Matindi, Joyce Banda Foundation to represent Malawi at Airtel Rising Stars Africa tourney

Joyce Banda Foundation  (JBF) came from behind to snatch a 3-2 victory over Nanjati Community Day Secondary School (CDSS)on Sunday at Lilongwe Technical Collegeon Sunday to retain the Airtel Rising Stars title in Malawi.

The victory has sealed a placed for the Malawi President Joyce Banda’s reputable international high school to represent the country for the second consecutive time at Airtel Africa championship to be held in Nigeria in Septmber.

JBF also represented Malawi last year in Kenya alongside Namalimwe CDSS in girls category who did not qualify for the national finals.

It was a painful defeat for Nanjati CDSS who wasted a first half 2-0 lead to miss the trip to Nigeria for the Airtel Rising Stars Africa championship.

Roy Kachale Banda: Coaching JBF team
Roy Kachale Banda: Coaching JBF team

Precious Msosa hit Nanjati where it pained most by scoring the first goal and winning goal while Trevor Kalima scored the equaliser.

In girls’ football, Matindi Academy also survived a scare from SOS to book a ticket to Nigeria with a labored 2-1 win after penalty shootout.

The two teams settled for a goalless draw in a curtain-raiser of the boys final match.

Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) General Secretary Blackson Malamula said Tomothy Gova of JBF and Nanjati’s Limbani Phiri would represent the country at a two-week Airtel Rising Stars football clinic to be held in DRC in Septmber  after impressing in the competition.

SOS’ Fanny Mwale and Omega Kapulikira would represent the girls at the clinic.

Malawi applauded Airtel Rising Stars for its commitment to continue sponsoring the competition after the initial three-year contract expired.

The champions for both girls and boys categories received K300,000 and set of uniform and trophy while their runners-up received K150,000 and set of uniform.

The final was graced by Fam Technical Director designate John Kaputa, Airtel Director of Sales and Distribution Elias Dziko and Deputy Director of Sports Justin Msopela among other high profile guests.

Joyce Banda Foundation retain Airtel ttile
Joyce Banda Foundation retain Airtel ttile

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