Kia Motors has selected 20 young potential footballers to battle for Malawi’s slot among the Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) at this year’s World Cup finals in Russia.
The selection was conducted over the weekend at St. Andrews and Bishop Mackenzie international schools in Blantyre and Lilongwe, respectively.
The national finals are scheduled for this Sunday at St. Andrews, where the competitors will go through several drills to determine the winner.
In Blantyre, over 100 children turned up for the trials whereas 33 took part in the Lilongwe event.
The children showcased their talents and skills under the tutelage of Fifa grassroots coaches.
The winning child will travel to Russia alongside a guardian courtesy of Kia Motors, who are one of the sponsors of the World Cup.
Apart from travelling to Russia for the World Cup, the child will also be named as a brand ambassador for Kia Motors Malawi.
Speaking after selecting the finalists in Lilongwe Sunday, Kia Malawi Associate Marketing Consultant, Jonathan Zuze, said the trials went on smoothly.
“It is a rare opportunity for Malawi to be given a chance to send one child to Russia. The whole world will be watching a child from Malawi carrying the official matchball during the World Cup. This is amazing and we should be proud as a nation,” Zuze said.
One of the local grassroots coaches, Patricio Kulemeka, said he was impressed with the skills displayed during the event.
“It will be a rare moment for a Malawian child to represent the country in Russia. I am happy with the children we have selected as finalists. Obviously, it will be tough to choose the winner because there are many talented children,” Kulemeka said.
Children aged between 10 and 14 years were chosen to take part in the trials from selected international schools in the country.
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