Surestream management has finally announced the closure of Surestream Football Academy in Chilomoni with effect from Monday, 22 February 2016.
Surestream’s Public Relations Officer Linda Chiumia Gombera confirmed the development to Malawi24 on Monday saying the company was no longer the operator of the license for oil exploration and with the decrease of oil prices, the Academy could not survive without enough funds.
“Yes it’s true, Surestream Football Academy has been closed with effect from Monday, 22 February 2016. “The Company is no longer the license holder for oil exploration and the decrease of oil prices in the world markets forced the management to shut down the academy because it cant be run without money,” she said.
On players who were at the academy before it was closed, Gombera said the management has pleaded with other academies to accommodate the young talents.
“We are humbly asking other academies to accommodate these young players if it’s possible. It’s very unfortunate that we did not fulfill our dream but if these players are accommodated somewhere else, they will definitely come out good,” she explained.
She also added that the decision has nothing to do with Peter Mponda’s decision to leave the academy with Surestream FC, which was produced by the academy.
She also thanked Malawians for the support rendered during the four year term.
“We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all our supporters over the last four years, in particular the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for their unwavering support over the lifetime of the academy,” she concluded.
According to the statement available to Malawi24, the Surestream company will return the former MDC stadium to FAM which has been renovated since they took it over from the association.
Players like Levison Maganizo, Enerst Tambe, Brighton Munthali, Mike Mkwate, Mark Fodya, Thuso Taipi and Bernard Chimaimba are some of superstars to have been produced by the academy.