TN Stars Football Club is an emerging soccer club from a local soccer academy initiative in Kasungu district in Malawi. This initiative was started by Thomas Nyirenda from whom the name TN is derived.
I was born in Kasungu five decades ago. I have great passion for soccer. I was privileged to have parents that allowed me to play soccer with my friends. Those days we had no proper balls but we used balls constructed out of plastic papers wrapped in polythene strings. I and fellow boys who grow up together in Kasungu played such balls in dusty ground and scorching sunshine every afternoon after school or the whole day over weekends.
A janitor at the town’s community centre hall kept some proper old balls whose access he strictly controlled. In any case one ball was not enough for scores of us wanting to have a kick. In early 90s I left Kasungu to study at a secondary school in northern Malawi where playing a normal ball was routine. That was good turn of events but my self-taught style of playing soccer could not take me beyond the ranks of the so called best players of those days. So I worked on my education.
After my secondary school education I went to United Kingdom to study medicine. I played college soccer while studying and even went to get Class C Soccer Coaching Licence from the sessions organised by the Scottish Football Association. I have since lost the original certificate that signed and given by Paul Sturrock, a once famous Scottish footballer who trained us at the course. My medical career has taken me to many places where I still enjoy a good career and playing soccer socially on weekends. While I was on one of my annual holidays to Kasungu in 2010 my heart was broken when a group of youths running around the grounds of my old school approached me and told me they wished they had started a soccer team but nobody in town had listened to their plea to provide a proper ball. I thought, “Things can’t be allowed to be the same in four decades!”
Out of my passion to give young boys a chance to kick a ball, enjoy life, build healthy bodies, keep out trouble and try their lack of chasing a dream of being a superstar was born this TN Stars FC Academy. This is my commitment: to play my part in giving the youth a chance at soccer. I would like to thank a lot of people who have given me their support to start realising this dream. The people include my family, village chief Kaning’a and his school committee at Kavunguti Primary School in Kasungu where the Academy football field is under construction, the coaches, the enthusiastic youth enrolled in the academy and their parents. Together we are in this long and winding road to Excellence!
To achieve maximum results Soccer Training among the youth should be well structured according to age groups of children. Failure to realise this will result in training that will not stimulate the nervous and motor components of the player in natural succession. Badly trained players start to make short cuts in their game in order to meet the demands of the game they are faced with. When this happens players fail to master the game step by step and cannot perform and compete at highest level where mastery is more of a blend of nervous and muscle memory than uncoordinated reactionary effort. At TN Stars we recognize the importance of methodical teaching of individual technique before insight and communication during team teamwork. We believe that taught soccer should eventually be playable, enjoyable experience and stimulant for childhood development.Why the Acacemy: Dream - Desire - Dedication - Discipline
Monke was born on 5 June 1964 and is the founding coach of TN Stars FC Academy since 2012. He is an experienced coach who has been in the business for 18 years, coaching various local clubs in Kasungu district of Malawi including Press Agriculture, Salona Estate Club, Kasungu Medicals and Kasungu Police. He has also played club soccer in his younger days. Clubs he has played for include Petch Way Football Club in Zimbabwe, where he grew up and Press Agriculture in Malawi. During his tenure as a coach with Kasungu Police the team won two trophies namely Shire Trophy and Kamuzu Memorial. These are prestigious cups in second division football in Malawi. This was back in 2011. But according to Monke his ambition and drive still remains: Taking soccer sport in Kasungu to another level.Monke Chirwa: Senior Coach - 2016
On 1 March 2014 TN Stars FC Academy welcomed Meck Mwase who joined the club. Meck was born on 6 July 1975 and hails from Maganga village in Salima district of Malawi. He attended his primary education at Kachelenje Primary School in Salima, secondary education at Salima Secondary School and tertiary education at Blantyre Commercial School. His footballing career saw him play for Salima Secondary School, Mighty Wanderers FC (Malawi), Storks Birds (South Africa), Jomo Cosmos (South Africa), Crystal Brains (South Africa), Michau Warriors (South Africa) and Big Bullets (Malawi). Meck is a holder of UEFA B (London, 2006) and CAF B (Malawi, 2013) football coach licences. He was a premier division coach for Big Bullets (Malawi) from 2006 to 2010, Silver Strikers (Malawi) from 2010 to 2011 and AZAM Tigers (Malawi) from 2011 to 2014.Meck Andrew Mwase: Head Coach and Technical Manager - 2014