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Madonna planning to open football academy in Malawi

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Madonna has plans to open a football academy in Malawi, a move inspired by her adopted son David Banda, who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica's youth academy.

Madonna follows 12-year-old David's progress in Portugal closely, living in Lisbon and often posting photos and videos from the sidelines of his games.

"It is actually David's idea that we should build a football academy," Madonna said on a recent visit to Malawi, where she adopted...

Malawi U20 striker Abel Mwakilama dies of suspected malari

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Malawi under-20 striker Abel Mwakilama died on Friday of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal, where he had only recently joined a lower-division team. He was 18.

Mwakilama's manager, Venancio Patrick, said it's thought that the player contracted cerebral malaria while back in Malawi for an under-20 African Nations Cup qualifier against Swaziland three weeks ago.

Patrick said Mwakilama complained of a headache and was taken to the hospital in Portugal where he was told he had...

Ronny Van Geneugden outlines plans for Malawi's future

Ronny Van Geneugden, the head coach of the Malawi national football team, has revealed his blueprint to transform the Flames' fortunes within the continental arena.

Malawi haven't qualified for the African Cup of Nations since 2010, and are currently down at 123 in the FIFA World Ranking - a significant decline from a high of 67 in 1993.

However, speaking to KweséESPN, Van Geneugden believes that he knows how to prompt an improvement in the southeast Africans' fortunes.

"I don't want to build...