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Ascent Soccer starlet off to Spain

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Ascent Soccer midfielder Lovemore Mbeta flew out of the country Sunday to Spain to attend two-month trials at Spanish side CF Velez.

While in Spain, Mbeta will take part in Velez pre-season training as they prepare for their upcoming Segunda Division RFEF campaign.

Ascent Soccer founder George Maguire said the youngster will advance his football career in Spain.

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“Lovemore is a highly creative midfielder, who has consistently shown productivity in both making and scoring goals. He deserves this opportunity to further his career in Europe and it is down to him to show his talent, coupled with a professional altitude to impress in Spain,” Maguire said.

The 19-year-old Mbeta was recruited as a 12 year-old back in 2015.

He has emerged as one of the best Ascent’s first generation players alongside free-scoring Christopher Gototo, who is on-loan at TNM Super League rookies Sable Farming.

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Before departure Sunday, Mbeta was confident of making the grade in Spain.

“This is a life time opportunity for me. I will not disappoint and I will perform,” Mbeta said.

The youngster has European experience, having played at the 2019 Gothia Cup in Sweden. He has also played for Malawi Under-17 National Football Team and scored the lone goal as the junior Flames defeated eSwatini 1-0 during the 2018 Cosafa Cup.

Mbeta also had successful first-team training placement with South African DStv Premiership side Stellenbosch in August last year.

He was part of the Malawi Under-23 National Football Team squad that travelled to Turkey early this year.

His teammate Festus Duwe is also set to join Iowa Lakes College in USA on a full soccer scholarship.

Ascent Soccer is Malawi’s only full-time residential football academy.

Zobran Elias, Lughano Nyondo and Christian Kakhome, who graduated from the academy, are in United States of America.

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