Roger Federer's visit to Malawi excites local tennis fans

The visiting of tennis Superstar Roger Federer to Malawi on Monday, July 20, 2015 where among other things he will launch Lundu Community-Based Childcare Centre has excited the tennis local fans that the nation must make use of his presence.

According to the press statement, Action Aid Malawi released on July 13, 2015 available to The Maravi Post, the Swiss professional tennis player will hold a press conference soon after arrival at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital Lilongwe on Monday, July 20, 2015.

Upon arrival, Federer will be in the company of Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Gender, Children Welfare courtesy of Action Aid Malawi which is also an affiliate member of ActionAid Federation, a UK charity organisation.

"Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player and President of Roger Federer Foundation which supports the implementation of Action Aid’s comprehensive and Satellite Early Childhood Development Programme in Malawi's six districts of Chitipa, Ntchisi, Nsanje, Rumphi, Machinga and Lilongwe Peri-Urban.

"The programme funding is worth US $ 13.5 million for 10 years which started in 2011 as so far 32 Model Comprehensive Community Based Child Care Centre have been constructed across the six districts which one of them is Lundu where the launch will take place", reads the statement signed by Martha Khonje, Action Aid Malawi Country Director.

Later, The Maravi Post caught up with Mr. Soko one of the local lawn tennis coaches based at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in the capital Lilongwe where scores of young people are groomed on tennis skills who was excited with the coming of Federer saying the nation must make use of his visit towards the development of tennis which he said was at an infant stage due to lack of expertise and finances.

"This a very excitement moment for tennis fraternity in the country to have such caliber of professional tennis superstar as will be an inspirational to the young ones who are groomed on tennis sport to take as a career.

"The best way to make use of his present is planning together with those arranged his visit such apart from the core business of child development programmes are done he has to have time to appreciate what has the nation gone so far and tap his experience to help us as well growing the sport", delighted Soko.

Action Aid Malawi which is facilitating Fereder's visit is an affiliate member of Action Aid Federation, a UK charity organization established in 1972. The organization has been working in Malawi since 1990 and registered as a local NGO in 2007 with the core business of eradicating poverty towards women and children with practical intervention.

Date: 17th July 2015, Source: The Maravi Post


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