Leader and founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has boosted his academy for sports by signing a Norwegian coach to take charge of the young talents.
Bushiri made the revelations on his official Facebook page when he posted about the new development.
“I had a very delightful time over the weekend at my Academy as I witnessed young people showcasing their talents. It has always been my sincere wish to give the best resources to young people as they discover their God’s given talents. My excitement was also pre-eminent with the presence of my spiritual Father, Prophet Uebert Angel who also has great love for talent.
“Through the new Academy Manager, Coach Francis from Norway, I believe the youngsters are in experienced and good hands. My prayers are with them as they sharpen their skills for more bound rewarding careers in Europe,” he posted.
Bushiri recently launched the academy of sports in South Africa amid cries by Malawians who felt the young preacher would have prioritised his home Malawi.
However, in a quick phone interview with Nyasa Times, Bushiri explained that he already does a lot for Malawi.
“I do not know what you mean when you mean by saying I should have done more for Malawi Sports when I just recently helped the Flames with millions for the Afcon and World Cup games. Let me also say I do not regret having this academy in South Africa because South African people have been very supportive to my projects unlike Malawians who always try hard to find faults in everything I do. The is the least I can do to people and nation of South Africa,” he said.
“I have love for Malawi football. I have even spoken to the Minister of Sports a couple of times pledging my support to the Malawi National Team, only that offer is not being fully utilised. As it stands, we might mock and insult the national team for continued losses, but truth of the matter is, the Flames is poorly funded and nothing good can come of a broke team,” he added.
Bushiri launched the academy early this year and have so far managed to export talent to Europe and Brazil.