Surestream Football Academy Under-17 team will this August travel to England where they will play friendly matches against their counterparts at English Premier League giants Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers (QPR).
Surestream technical director Peter Mponda said the institution’s England-based chairperson Chris Pitman organised the trip to see progress the soccer nursery has made since its launch last October.
Mponda said this at SureStream Stadium in Blantyre on Wednesday after the academy’s Under-14 beat Machinga Young Soccer Stars 4-0 in a friendly.
“It has pleased our chairperson to organise the trip so that our first crop of players can learn more skills from their counterparts in Europe.
“Currently, our technical adviser Andy Dell is already in England for logistical arrangements for our two-week tour,” he said.
According to the former Flames captain, they will select a final travelling squad of 17 players out of 25 Under-17 players during a three-game tournament they will host on May 11.
Surestream Academy manager Patrick Kulemeka told The Nation the international games will help local youths to gain international exposure and prepare them for games such as the 2015 Under-17 and Under-20 CAF championships.
“Apart from that, such games will help the players to accumulate enough game time on the international stage so that they can easily get into the international market once they are matured,” Kulemeka said.