Chigoli Football Academy starts its operations in July following selection of a 21-member Under-12 squad at Bishop Mackenzie International School in Lilongwe last weekend.
The squad, which has formed the basis of the first intensive youth football academy in the capital city, was identified through conclusive games of the Chigoli Under-12 Football Tournament that involved select teams from Likuni, Area 25, Kamuzu Institute of Sports and Don Bosco zones.
The tournament started with community competitions involving 700 youths from communities around Lilongwe in April.
“We are excited that we have now identified the best young players that will engage in serious training for soccer development in the capital city. Following this exercise, I am glad to announce that the academy will start its operations in July,” said founder of Chigoli Academy, George Maguire.
He said the first Chigoli Academy squad will train weekly in a well resourced environment with qualified coaches and modern training methods.
“The next phase is to use the community tournament model established with support from the Central Region Youth Football Committee (CRYC) this year,” said Maguire.
National Youth Football Committee (NYFC) general secretary Chimango Munthali hailed Chigoli initiative, saying it will help in progressive youth football development.
The selected players include goalkeepers Dennis Kwalira and Alfred Longani; defenders Yankho Saili, Oscar Zila, Razak Mussa, George Mlenga, Kondwani Chiusiwa, Alphat Mike and Alfred Edward; midfielders Lovemore Nzati, Razak Jali, Paul Chisati and Sam Gideon and strikers Asante Douglas, Liford Kungweza and Promise Mhone.