The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) in partnership with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will host a SOCCER TOURNAMENT in Mhondoro at St Oswald Zinhindo Primary and Secondary School on the 30th of November 2013, to mark the World Aids Day following months of workshops with top female soccer players in the National Super League and tournaments in schools. The tournament is set to commence at 8:30am and ending at 4pm and is free.
Eight schools from the Mhondor-Ngezi District will participate in this tournament which is for the under 16 age group. Football is a powerful tool which can be used to reach out to as many people as possible and unlock the secrecy on HIV discussions. Thus the main aim of the tournament is to use this powerful tool for both education and entertainment purposes. Bringing together the under 16 players drawn from different schools will help to disseminate information to a bigger crowd and to the future of football.
The tournament, called "Half Time Talk Tournament," will be officiated by prominent Premier Soccer League players. These senior players were trained in the period 2011 to 2013 on issues to do with HIV/AIDS. Through these workshops the players acquired knowledge and information on the pandemic so as to disseminate it to their communities and use their celebrity status to influence their fans and those that look up to them.
The PSL players will be referees and match commissioners at the tournament and at the same time use the opportunity to talk to the young players and fans about HIV and AIDS.