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By Tione Andsen:

FOOTBALL ACADEMY PRODUCT—Bullets’ Mike Mkwate (right)

The government has pledged to construct football and netball academies to act as bases for exporting players to Europe and the rest of the world.

President Peter Mutharika made the pledge during the Youth Innovation Awards at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday.

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Mutharika disclosed that an investor has expressed interest in doing this for the country.

“We are discussing with a big organisation to build a youth centre in the country. The government is providing more sports opportunities to the youth in the country because sports improves the physical well being of many people.

“We all love sports. We are building stadiums in every district and for big football clubs such as Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers,” he said.

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Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Minister, Grace Chiumia said the President had demonstrated love for the youth of the country by providing young people with support in various aspects.

Chiumia said Malawians needed to support Mutharika in his role as global champion for the youth so that they realise their dreams and aspirations.

“The President has always encouraged us to keep trying if we want to excel. Everything is possible to anyone who works hard,” she said.

The government has constructed stadiums in Mulanje, Mangochi, Kasungu, Rumphi and Karonga districts, most of which are hosting TNM Super League games.

Other match facilities are under construction in Mzimba, Ntcheu and Zomba districts— Mana

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