Mapeza named HIV Ambassador

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has been appointed an HIV Ambassador for the Zvishavane community.

Speaking at World AIDS Day commemorations at Mandava Stadium yesterday, Mimosa Mining Company executive chairman, Winston Chitando said they chose Mapeza as the Mimosa “Getting to Zero” brand Ambassador so that he brings the team spirit and determination in the Zvishavane community in the fight against new HIV infections, stigma, discrimination and HIV related deaths.

“Mapeza brings the fighting spirit and character from football which can help the Zvishavane community in the fight against the disease,” Chitando said.

In accepting the honour, Mapeza pledged to work hard with the Zvishavane community as he is not only good at coaching but also at doing community work.

The former Zimbabwe coach, who has won two trophies during his short stint at the club, said the fight against HIV should be a collective responsibility as one is either infected or affected.

“Everyone is affected by HIV therefore there should be collective effort,” said Mapeza.

“I feel humble to be bestowed with such an honour because there are a lot of orphans and widows who need attention.

“I am helping widows and orphans and I promise to work hard for the Zvishavane community as I am not only good at coaching but also in dealing with community-related issues.”

Zvishavane is one of the most affected communities by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a high prevalence rate.

The bestowing of Mapeza as the brand ambassador preceded a trophy parade in which FC Platinum presented their season awards to the Zvishavane community.

The Zvishavane-based side bagged four accolades this year, the CG Msipa Charity Shield, Independence Cup, ZNA Charity Shield and the Chibuku Super Cup.

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