Ascent Soccer Academy starlet Festus Duwe has earned a training placement at South Africa’s DStv Premiership side SuperSport United.
This follows Duwe’s impressive performance during Ascent’s tour of the Rainbow Nation, where they finished unbeaten with two wins and two draws.
The 19-year-old has since remained in South Africa to start his trials.
Ascent Soccer founder George Maguire congratulated Duwe for catching SuperSport’s attention.
“It’s great to see Duwe getting trials off the back of the tour. He was exceptional for us in holding midfield throughout the whole tour and scored the pick of our 10 goals in South Africa. At AFC Randburg, he managed a world-class strike into the top corner.
’’You can’t underestimate the value and exposure of playing in a foreign country. The boys have learned a great deal on and off the pitch. We managed hard-earned results against a mix of PSL [Premier Soccer League] and Gauteng province opposition,” Maguire said.
He said the friendlies have helped the players add a different dimension to their game.
“We have tested the players technically and, more importantly, tactically, with teams being highly organised here. We have impressed a lot of people in South Africa with not only our style of play but also our behaviour and standards,’’ Maguire said.
Previously, Duwe had trials at another DStv Premiership side Stellenbosch FC.
He also featured for Malawi Under-23 National Football Team in Turkey early this year and captained the country’s Under-17 national football team in 2019 as a 16-year-old.
Another Ascent player Lovemore Mbeta is currently on trial at FC Marolo in Italy after another period of extended trials in Spain.
Ascent also has four players on athlete scholarships in first-class boarding schools and colleges across the United States.
Ascent ended their inaugural tour in style with a 4-2 win at AFC Randburg on Wednesday evening.
The result capped an impressive nine days for the academy. During the tour, Ascent scored 10 goals in four games, finishing with a goal difference of +5.
Levison Munyenyembe and Rashid Chilomo finished as joint top scorers for the tour with three goals each while Julius Banda was exceptional in goals, keeping a clean sheet at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ascent drew 2-2 with SuperSport before beating Sundowns 3-0.
The developmental team also drew 1-1 with Highlands Park.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
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