Ascent Soccer starlet Christian Kakhome flew out of the country on Friday to begin his scholarship at prestigious academic institution, Milton Academy outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Kakhome becomes the third player to graduate from the academy on the US athlete scholar pathway, following in the footsteps of Zobran Elias (Taft School) and Miss Lughano Nyondo (Brooks School).
Ascent Soccer’s Under-17 Coach Marc Schwenk was excited that Kakhome finally left for USA.
“Christian is a very intelligent player who shows great composure in front of goal,” he said.
The 15-year-old earned the generous financial aid package from Milton Academy, a school frequently rated in the top 10 private schools in USA for his soccer ability and potential, academic proficiency and well-rounded character.
He was also awarded a Davis Scholarship which includes financial support for university education in America beyond high school.
Bishop Mackenzie Head of Physical Education Neil Black said the youngster has fantastic leadership skills and ability to learn and apply new concepts.
Kakhome’s former team mates, Brave Munthali and Levison Munyenyembe, gave him a warm sent off.
“Christian has the best character and always listens to staff and teammates and shows respect to everyone,” Munthali said.
Ascent Soccer, the only full-time residential football academy in Malawi, is based in Lilongwe and recruits top male and female youth talent from across Malawi.
Ascent focuses on the holistic development of young people, nurturing children through advanced soccer coaching and game understanding, education, and character development.
Since 2018, Ascent Soccer has created 10 Malawian youth internationals and has generated scholarship value of over K800 million from US academic institutions.