Ascent Soccer starlet Christian Kakhome has earned a three-year high school comprehensive financial aid package worth K120 million to attend school at the prestigious Milton Academy in Massachusetts, United States of America.
He becomes the third graduate of the Lilongwe-based soccer school and follows in the footsteps of Ascent’s first graduate, Zobran Elias, who is at Taft School in Connecticut and Lughano Nyondo at Brooks School in Massachusetts.
Academy founder George Maguire was optimistic that the youngster will realise his dream.
“Christian’s journey from youngest player in the academy to global scholar, using his footballing abilities to leverage a truly world-class education and future has been a joy to share,” he said.
“Highly athletic, good with both feet and with an eye for the goal, Christian has an exciting future in the game. Academically bright, athletically agile and with strong character he is an ideal candidate for an athletic scholarship in the US and we are delighted for him to earn this opportunity.”
The 15-year-old joins fellow Ascent Soccer graduate Elias as a Davis Scholar, awarded to exceptional international students by a select group of boarding schools in the US.
Christian’s father Limbani Kakhome was excited with his son’s achievement.
“Parents’ support is a key element to the young ones to pursue their passions. We are both very excited and pray he continues to be an inspiration for many upcoming students and athletes,” Kakhome said.
He joined the academy (formerly Chigoli Academy) at the age of eight when it was being formed.
Having spent seven years at Ascent Soccer, Christian emerged as one of the leading under-15 talents in Malawian football and attracted the interest of a number of top boarding school soccer programmes on the East Coast of the USA.
Based in Lilongwe, Ascent Soccer has three grass pitch facilities, a gym, tactics and video analysis rooms and an academic support classroom.