Malachi Ige - Advanced Centre

Malachi holding up his new Charlton kit

8-year-old Malachi Ige is the latest young person from a Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) programme to progress into Charlton Athletic’s Academy.  

Malachi was scouted by Charlton Athletic Academy Coach Anthony McCluskey in 2018, and was instantly referred to CACT’s Advanced Centre programme. Malachi improved considerably in the U6s and at the end of the year was invited into Charlton Athletic’s pre-academy elite group’s new U7 cohort.

Having succeeded and continued to develop and impress Charlton Athletic coaches, Malachi received an offer to join the U9s. 

David Ige, Malachi’s dad, said: 

“Malachi’s development has enticed other top clubs but we decided to settle with Charlton because of the satisfying pathway culture. We feel Malachi is in the right place to develop not just as a young footballer but also as a kid.” 

Anthony McCluskey said: 

“It’s fantastic to be able to offer opportunities to those players who show a lot of potential and this is the reason we run the Advanced Centre programme. We hope Malachi enjoys his time at CAFC and continues to develop now he is in the Academy.’’

Click here to find out more about the Advanced Centre.