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Mats Hummels pledges support to Malawi children

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Germany and Bayern Munich star defender Mats Hummels played it tight and avoided any football talk when he wound up his three-day visit to Malawi Wednesday.

However, Hummels, accompanied by his manager and sticking to his mission of charity, pledged to drum up support in his home country to help improve the welfare of Malawians, especially children.

“Sports in general is always a good thing because it helps the kids. They learn how to work together and sports is crucial in building relationships among children,” he added.

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The former Borussia Dortmund player, who visited Malawi in his capacity as a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Ambassador in Germany, returned home yesterday.

The German football star visited Chimwemwe Child Care Centre at Mpinji, Traditional Authority (TA) Kaphuka, in Dedza District.

He interacted with children and took part in serving them porridge at the centre.

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Hummels said his visit was aimed at raising awareness about the plight of local children so that well-wishers could donate towards their cause.

He said, after visiting several places, he noted that several people in the country need financial support.

“My visit should help in many ways and there will be donations from Germany. I want to raise awareness for this cause in my country so that they can donate more money to people in Malawi, especially the children,” Hummels said.

He said his main focus would be to raise money so that children can have access to quality education.

Hummels, a product of Munich Youth Academy, signed his first professional contract in 2006 before switching to Dortmund.

Since returning to Munich, Hummels has been a key figure in the team as they won the German Bundesliga in the just-ended season.

The central defender, who has 53 caps, is considered one of the best defenders in the Bundelisga and in Europe due to his great tackling, positioning, passing and composure.

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