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Airtel Rising Stars unearth more talent

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Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) is impressed with the talent on display in the ongoing Airtel Rising Stars Under-17 football competition.

The competition targets secondary school boys and girls with the aim of unearthing talent.

In Blantyre Urban, Namalimwe defeated Kalibu Academy 4-0 on post-match penalties in the district finals this past weekend to qualify for the divisional finals.

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Namalimwe also did well in women’s football by beating Kalibu Academy again 1-0 to qualify for the divisional finals.

Massa Chairperson for Blantyre Urban, Ignasio Libwalo, said they were impressed with the progress of this year’s competition.

“We have seen more boys and girls taking advantage of the platform we have provided to expose their talent. The quality of football in both the boys’ and girls’ competition was impressive. We look forward to seeing more talent during the divisional finals,” he said.

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Libwalo added that Massa had measures to ensure that the talent is never lost.

“We keep a database of the players and follow their progress. The best players are sent to academies within the district where their talent is nurtured. Over the years, some of the players have even made it to the junior national teams,” he said.

This year’s competition was sponsored at K79.3 million and 1,780 schools competed.

The national champions would get K2 million with the runners-up getting K1.5 million. The third-placed team would get K1.2 million.

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