By: Chikondi Magalasi
A renowned football expert in the country Enos Chatama has described Surestream Academy closure as bad for football development.
Speaking in an interview with The Malawi Star, Chatama said the decision to close the Academy will hinder the development of grass root football in Malawi.
He went on to describe the British Petroleum sponsored Academy as the best ever in Malawi.
“It is a very big blow to the development of the football in Malawi because Surestream Academy was the best ever. It produced a crop of skilled youngstars who made their mark on the local scene.
“The Academy produced Enerst Tambe, Levison Maganizo, Brighton Munthali, Mac Fodya, Mike Mkwate and many more stars who are regarded as the future Flames stars but with this closure, the dream might be over,” he said.
Chatama said the development has not only killed the future of the upcoming stars but it has also left many coaches jobless.
He then advised Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to engage the coaches as one way of keeping alive the dream which was set by the outgoing Surestream management.
“FAM should keep the coaches who have been at the Academy for the past four years and map the way forward so that the dream is kept alive,” he concluded.
The Academy was situated in Chilomoni, in the commercial city of Blantyre and was operating at MDC Stadium.
On Monday this week, Surestream Petroleum said it was closing the Academy because the company is no longer the operator of the licence for exploration oil on Lake Malawi.
“The decrease of oil prices in the World markets has led the Company to the unavoidable decision to close the Academy,” reads part of the statement released by the Company.