Boost for Nash

HARARE - The National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) Under-20 football tournament received a major boost yesterday after Population Services International (PSI) Zimbabwe unveiled sponsorship package for this year’s edition.

The country’s ten provinces are expected to battle it out for the glittering trophy at the finals set for next month.

And as part of the sponsorship PSI will provide kits for all the participating schools, match balls transports and accommodation among other things.

Speaking during the launch and draw for the tournament at Prince Edward School yesterday, NASH president Johnson Madhuku hailed the sponsorship.

“The sponsorship package is very much appreciated. We are all looking forward to a great tournament,” Madhuku said.

Games to choose those who will represent the provinces will be played this Friday while the finals have been set for the weekend of October 4-5.

PSI Social Marketing Director Kumbirai Chatora said they are proud to be associated with NASH as they support the development of football in the country.

“Through this partnership, we aim to assist in developing a young person who is fit in the body and mind and is aware of the health options available to him to protect himself from HIV,” she said.

“We are looking beyond just kicking the ball in Schools but adding value by providing opportunities for the adolescents to understand and engage with Pinda muSmart/Ngena kuSmart brand.

“It is our wish that the talent can be identified from Schools which are far out in the rural areas like Binga, Tshlolotsho, Muzarabani where children may not always have the same opportunities.

“We wish to make this tournament as big as possible,” she added.

The partnership comes in the midst of government efforts to restore confidence in the procedure following media reports claiming removed foreskins are sold exorbitantly into the cosmetic industry where they are used as raw materials.

Zimbabwe launched the programme in 2009 to circumcise 1, 3 million young men in eight years in an effort to reduce HIV infections—which stand at 57 000 annually.

A report by UNAids and the World Health Organisation (Who) said the risk of HIV infection among circumcised men could be reduced by 60 percent.

From programme inception in 2009, a total of 302 555 males have been

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