ZAFFA to host sec­ond health foot­ball tour­ney

Daily Nation Newspaper - - INSIDE SPORTS - By MICHAEL MIYOBA

THE Zam­bia Foot­ball Fans As­so­ci­a­tion (ZAFFA) has ex­pressed readi­ness to host its sec­ond health ed­u­ca­tion foot­ball tour­na­ment to be held in Lusaka. Speak­ing in Lusaka af­ter re­ceiv­ing the first batch of foot­ball gear pro­cured from an up­com­ing and lo­cal sports brand, Yesu Sports, as­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Chawezi Katwizi said ZAFFA is com­mit­ted to help de­velop foot­ball at the grass­roots Kab­wizi noted that ZAFFA was happy to part­ner with a lo­cal sports brand to help de­velop grass­roots’ foot­ball. "Foot­ball will al­ways start from the grass­roots, if you have a strong foun­da­tion, then you know you are go­ing to have a strong house so that is our main fo­cus as ZAFFA. We want to con­tribute to foot­ball in a dif­fer­ent way be­cause we un­der­stand that foot­ball is be­yond just cheer­ing, there is a lot in­volved and we want to con­tribute to foot­ball de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try as fans in our own unique way," Katwizi said. Kab­wizi noted that health ed­u­ca­tion among ath­letes is cru­cial as it en­ables ath­letes to fa­mil­iar­ize with dan­ger­ous dis­eases which af­fect young peo­ple. He added that ZAFFA is fo­cused on em­power ath­letes at grass­roots level us­ing foot­ball as a tool for pro­mot­ing health aware­ness. “De­vel­op­ing grass­roots foot­ball alone with­out health ed­u­ca­tion among foot­ballers, of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers can­not go any­where as health is a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor to hav­ing a healthy life­style of sports men, women and the com­mu­nity. “The ZAFFA foot­ball tour­ney will start with a two-days health ed­u­ca­tion work­shop on HIV, Sex­ual Re­pro­duc­tive Health and Rights (SRHR), Pre­ven­tion from Mother-To-Child Trans­mis­sion (PMTCT), Gen­der-Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) and Child Pro­tec­tion Rights among oth­ers. Fifty peo­ple from the com­mu­nity will be trained into Peer Ed­u­ca­tors and among them will be team cap­tains, coaches, of­fi­cials, stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers,” he said. Kab­wizi said that the health ed­u­ca­tional foot­ball tour­na­ment will in­volve both male and fe­male teams’ un­der-19 years. Par­tic­i­pat­ing teams at the tour­na­ment will walk away with prizes rang­ing from Jer­seys, balls and medals af­ter be­ing en­light­ened on health mat­ters.

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