Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) will face Nanjati Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in the boys finals of this year’s Airtel Rising Star Tournament on June 15 at Lilongwe Community Centre ground.
In the girls category, SOS will face Matindi Girls.
Winners will represent Malawi at the Africa Championships in Nigeria in September. In addition to that, outstanding two boys and two girls will attend the Manchester United Soccer Clinic in DR Congo.
The tournament started on March 15, with 300 schools—150 male and 150 female—taking part nationwide. Only 70 (male and female) teams played at district level, six teams competed at inter-divisional level while four reached the finals.
Both sponsors, Airtel Malawi, and organisers of the tournament, Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) expressed satisfaction with the running of the tournament.
Airtel Malawi public relations and corporate communications manager Edith Tsilizani said Airtel Rising Star will enhance youths’ football skills and also expose talent at national and international levels.
“Airtel Rising Star is a pan-African football initiative aimed at identifying, nurturing and exposing football talent. This initiative targets grass roots talent among Under-17 school-going children from zone, district, division and national level,” said Tsilizani.
She said the tournament also acts as a platform for people to socialise, bond and belong to a group
“Evidently, there has been improvement in standards, in particular, women football in schools is progressing,” said Massa general secretary Blackson Malamula.