Chinika youths form Red Army
Written by Millennium on April 29, 2019
SANFROSSA MANYINDA writes
A GROUP of youths in Chinika area has formed a soccer team called Red Army, of at least 15 people who are in the ages of between 17 and 25.
The youths said that they came up with the idea of forming a team so that they could help each other to stay away from illicit activities in their respective neighbourhoods.
Team acting Coach, Steven Munthali said in an interview with the Sun on Saturday that the team which was formed mid last year had bigger dreams of growing.
Munthali, 23, said that there were a lot of youths that were wasting their lives in the compounds, and that is what forced him and his team members to regroup so that their minds could be kept busy all the time.
“An idle mind is the devil’s play ground and where there is an idle mind, anything happens, that is why we see most people of our age spending most of their times drinking beer and doing all sorts of illicit businesses,” he said.
He explained that the team meets every morning from Tuesday to Saturday to exercise as well as prepare for some friendly matches which they participate in.
He said that those that felt they could manage to be in the team especially the youths commonly known as Junkies were free to join them.
Munthali further called for financial support from business entities so that they could grow the team.
“ We love our friends that call themselves Junkies and we want to give them support by keeping them busy and that is why we want them to join us. We know that most of them have got talents and what they just need is encouragement and counselling. We also wish to call for anyone who may feel they can be our coach to come and help us,” he said.
And team captain, Lottie Mbewe, 22, said that all were welcome to the team as the doors were open for all youths that wanted to make a difference in their lives.
Mbewe said that the team was ready to accommodate everyone from anywhere as long as they were peaceful and not violent or vulgar.
He said that they benefit a lot health wise as well learning new things as they interact with a lot of youths from different backgrounds and organisations.