Spanish side Arenas Football Club de Getxo, which plays in the Senguda Division, the second tier to La Liga, has come to the rescue of Maghemo Youth Football Club from Karonga with a donation of football equipment.
The equipment, donated to the club on Monday through the Spanish club’s sponsors, a multinational company called Elecnor, include sets of football kits, boots, socks and training equipment.
Elecnor head of business development for Southern Africa Region, Vincent Ripio Bertolo, said they got news of a youth team wearing uniforms made from plastic bags through the social media.
“The colours resembled those of Arenas Football Club and we started searching as to which African country the team belonged. A lady from England traced the team to Malawi. We contacted the local football body authorities and in the end managed to locate and identify the team. We have come to donate the equipment and also establish a long-term relationship with the club,” he said.
Bertolo, who was accompanied by a documentary production media firm, said the two teams’ relationship will not only develop sports, but also promote the children’s education as well as nutrition.
The Under-14 team from Malema Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kyungu, was traced through Devline Msowoya, hospital administrator at Alinafe Hospital in Nkhotakota.
The hospital’s team, Alinafe Medicals has ties with Real Madrid who sponsored some coaching clinics at the club.
Msowoya said helped to trace the Maghemo Youth Club.
“My initial role was to trace the team and identify the children who were in the original picture wearing plastic uniforms with colours resembling those of Arenas Club de Getxo because many other youths claimed th picture circulating on social media belonged to them,” he said.n
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