Zambia under-20 women’s national soccer team player Memory Phiri and seven others have been awarded scholarships to study in the United States of America at Northern Oklahoma College.
The girls were identified for sponsorship at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica so that they can be playing for that college’s football team.
Phiri, who is 19 years old, completed her grade twelve education at David Kaunda Technical Secondary School where she got 13 points.
She is expected to begin her medical studies on 17th August and will only return to Zambia after three years.
She urged her friends to grab such opportunities and utilize them; she vowed to completely make use of the situation.
She added that this is an opportunity she has been waiting for in her life and this chance may not be found if lost.
The other seven girls will join her later as they could not do so because they are still in grade 11 and 12 respectively.
Phiri however is determined to continue playing football for the college team which is currently playing in division one.
She was not part of the team that was training at Olympic Youth Development Centre as she went to process her visa in readiness for the journey.
Meanwhile, u-20 Women national soccer team Oswald Mutapa said there was competition in the team because the girls were fighting for positions in the squad.
Mutapa is scheduled to name his final squad traveling to Tanzania on Monday 6th July.