Esther ‘Gelo’ Banda’s Heartwarming Gesture: A Generous Donation to Bauleni United Sports Academy
In a touching display of gratitude and commitment to her roots, Copper Queens defender Esther ‘Gelo’ Banda has given back to her girlhood club, Bauleli United Sports Academy (BUSA), during a recent FAZ Lusaka province third division league match between BUSA and Kabide FC.
Esther Banda’s generous donation included essential training equipment, such as footballs, cones, and captain armbands, aiming to support and uplift the aspiring talents at BUSA. The Copper Queens star, who once honed her skills at the academy, took the opportunity to share words of encouragement with both the male and female players, urging them to give their best in the upcoming league matches.
Banda’s aspirations for the academy are crystal clear – she hopes to see the girls regain promotion to the Women’s Super League, while the boys secure a position in Division 2. Her presence at the match and heartfelt contribution reflect a deep-seated commitment to fostering the growth of football at the grassroots level.
Mr. Fred Kangwa, the Chief Operations Officer of BUSA, expressed sincere gratitude for Esther Banda’s thoughtful donation. He assured her that the academy remains steadfast in its commitment to the continuous development of both the girls’ and boys’ teams. The impact of Banda’s contribution extends beyond the physical equipment, serving as motivation for the young players to strive for excellence.
BUSA has been a powerhouse in the development of women’s football in Zambia, producing notable stars such as Barbra Banda, Hellen Mubanga, Mary Mwakapila, and Mary Mulenga. Esther Banda’s return to support the academy exemplifies the close-knit relationship between football professionals and their grassroots beginnings, showcasing the importance of giving back to the communities that helped shape their careers.
As BUSA continues to play a pivotal role in nurturing football talent in Zambia, Esther ‘Gelo’ Banda’s act of generosity serves as a beacon of inspiration, emphasizing the impact that individual contributions can have on the collective journey of aspiring athletes.