Airtel has sent two schools football teams to Kenya that emerged champions in the recently ended Airtel Rising Star (ARS) football championships in Malawi.
The teams, Namalimwe CDSS girls football team and Joyce Banda Foundation football team, are in Kenya to compete with other teams on the continental showdown starting this week.
The two teams emerged champions in their categories after the national competition that ended last month.
Airtel marketing director Enwell Kadango urged the teams to represent the country with their best performances.
"If you are to be welcomed as heroes, make sure you bring trophies. It is possible to defeat any team that you will meet there if you don't underrate yourselves. They are young as you are." said Kadango at the company's headquarters in Lilongwe.
Four outstanding players Henry Kamanga, Martin Mapinda, Mary Chavinda and Esther Chipangombe will attend a coaching clinic to be conducted by Manchester United Football Club soon after the tournament.
Other teams to participate in the tournament are from host Kenya, Burkina Faso, Gabon, DRC, Niger, Chad, Sierra Le-one, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Madagascar and Congo Brazzaville.
At the farewell function, the company unveiled Pambe Ngulube who won the grand prize in the ARS promotion to go and watch a Manchester United game against Arsenal in November at Old Trafford.
ARS is a pan-African initiative launched in 2011 by Airtel in a bid to identify and nurture budding soccer talent from the grassroots onto national