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Ascent invests K20 million in soccer fields

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Ascent Soccer Malawi has invested over K20 million in construction of quality soccer fields in Lilongwe.

The academy has two full-size football pitches, one five-aside pitch and one seven-aside football pitch.

Founder George Maguire said the investment was aimed at turning the academy into a global brand in the near future.

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For the first time, the academy’s first team will compete in the Chipiku Premier Division which will be played under a new format this season.

Maguire was hopeful that the first team would earn promotion to the Super League within three years.

“We are excited to join Chipiku Premier Division with our first team, which previously won Under-17 Presidential Cup and First Capital Bank Under-20 Lilongwe Leagues,” he said.

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“Our aim is to have our top academy side play in Super League within three years and to be the youngest side in Super League history.”

Ascent has assembled a good squad, having roped some players from other teams ahead of Chipiku League kick-off next month.

Coach Thom Mkorongo said he has blended the team with experienced and up-and-coming players.

“We are eyeing Super League promotion and we believe it will be possible soon or later,” he added.

Striker Christopher Gutoto and Francis Mtoso are some of the key players for Ascent.

The Academy relocated to its facility called ‘Lingadzi’ in 2019. Apart from the football pitches, the academy has gymnasium, video analysis suite, changing rooms and classrooms for academic support and character development.

The current academy setup includes U-13, U 15, U17 and U20 squads and the Ascent girls U18 football team.

Ascent, formerly Chigoli Academy, has already exported two players namely Zobran Elias and Lughano Nyondo to United States of America.

Elias earned a lucrative K187million scholarship at Taft School of Connecticut whereas Nyondo is at Indian Mountain school.

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