Bidvets Wits striker Robin Ngalande has been named Lilongwe’s Chigoli Academy Pro-Player Ambassador.
The former Atletico Madrid academy player was unveiled last week according to the Chigoli Academy founder Alex Scot.
“The 23-year-old Malawian forward is in a unique position amongst Malawian footballers having experienced firsthand the training and player development methods at an elite European side, whilst training alongside global stars such as Diego Costa, Jose Antonio Reyes, Radamel Falcao and Arda Turan,” a statement from Scot reads.
“Whilst Robin never made a first team appearance at Atletico, the education and experience makes him ideal to help the young Chigoli players understand the reasons why coaches at Chigoli deliver key coaching points that are basic requirements at a global elite level.”
Ngalande said he was honoured to be singled out as the academy’s ambassador.
He said: “Chigoli is giving the youth a great platform and inspiration to achieve and fulfil their goals and dreams. Based on the video clips I watched and also on the training session I attended, I have seen greatest talents of their age. These boys are destined for greatness.
“Most of them are tactically and technically brilliant and that’s a sign of being at a proper development structure.It is amazing to have these boys exposed to the future professional footballers’ life at this tender age because they will grow up knowing what is expected of them.”
Chigoli recently announced that all players will be on scholarships until they complete secondary school and tertiary education training opportunities.
Ngalande backed the initiative saying: “Educated football players are always good people off the field and better players on the field because they have a better understanding of life on and off the field.
“I am glad these talented youngsters are encouraged to work hard both at school and on the field. It’s amazing working with them.”