Ex BB, Civo player donates football jerseys to primary schools

Former Nyasa Big Bullets and Civil Service football Club defender, Emmanuel Zoya, has purchased twelve sets of football uniforms that he intends to donate to under-privileged rural football teams and primary schools.

The retired towering defender said on Tuesday he has decided to donate the football jerseys to under privileged teams and schools because they are mostly not supported.

“I decided to donate the jerseys, especially to primary schools, just to encourage the development of football at grass root level since it is where everything begins. 

“I have seen children in rural areas playing football using their own clothes during games which touches me,” said Zoya.

He said not much has been done by stakeholders to support rural or underprivileged football structures like primary schools, hence his decision to help.

The Likuni-based ex-player who also had a brief stint the Malawi National Football team explained that if football is to develop in the country, there is need for enough resources to be allocated to grass root level.

“Everything starts at the base, and in this case, we are looking at primary schools and rural teams who usually do not have necessary sporting equipment to improve their game,” disclosed Zoya.

Tamanimwendo Primary School in Mchinji District is one of the schools that has benefitted from Zoya’s gesture.

The school’s head teacher, Taulino Yakobe, commended Zoya for his gesture, describing it as a motivation to rural children who play football.

Zoya(in black T shirt) gives the uniform to Yakobe 

“This donation we have received from Zoya will definitely motivate the children to work hard in sports which will later result into the nurturing of talent that will take football in the country to greater heights.

“We are very happy for Emmanuel (Zoya) for the gift. It will play a great role in football development at our school as at first, the children were using their own clothes but now they will be all in uniforms,” said the head teacher.

On other schools to benefit apart from Tamanimwendo School, Zoya said he would be going around to find which other schools or football teams should benefit from the uniforms.