Surestream Academy has said it plans to send the first group of 25 Under-16 players to United Kingdom in July next year for trial matches, the academyâ€™s head coach Andy Dell told The Nation.
â€œThey will play six trial games against two Premier League academy teams, then two Championship academy sides and finally two League One academy teams.
â€œThat will give us an opportunity to see where we are compared to UK academies,â€ said Dell.
He said the games will be attended by scouts from Europe and beyond and, therefore, Malawian players will stand a chance to be signed by European youth teams as was the case with Robin Ngalande.
â€œIf they impress, then definitely some of them could be signed and this is the purpose of setting up an academy,â€ said Dell.
The academy coach also said during the two-week tour, the youngsters will also have an opportunity to watch pre-season games and tour football facilities.
Asked why they had chosen the Under-16s, Dell said: â€œIt is difficult to take children in the 8-14 age bracket for trials overseas.â€
He also said they are planning to bring children from a UK academy to experience what it is like training in an African environment.
â€œTalks on all these plans are currently underway and our academy founder Chris Pitman, who has links with clubs in the UK, including Manchester United, is already working on that,â€ he said.