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THE HIV Prevention 2018 netball and soccer leagues commenced last weekend at Isilwane Youth Centre in Old Pumula.
Eighteen teams in each sporting discipline are registered with the league this season.
Formed in 2016 by a community-based youth serving organisation-Youth Creative Ideas, registered under the National Aids Council (NAC), the purpose of the league is to promote male and female involvement in the fight against HIV and create demand for HIV and other health-related services through sports.
a�?Our main thrust is to motivate HIV prevention and other community initiatives through the use of well- organised and entertaining sports tournaments as a mobilisation and communication vehicle,a�?said president of the league Mthokozisi Ndlovu.
The league will not be an exclusive sports affair.
a�?There will be pre-league events that will be conducted to disseminate information to soccer club members on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), HIV testing services (HTS), Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Condom Use Promotion, Antiretroviral Treatment, Cancer Awareness, Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), Positive Living, Behaviour Change and other HIV-related topics.a�?
a�?Each club earns points based on the number of people mobilised to receive such information among the players and members of the community,a�? said Ndlovu.
Participation is open to social soccer clubs based in Bulawayo. Soccer clubs and players in Division 2 and above are not allowed to participate.
a�?For players to take part at the league they have to first register with Youth Creative Ideas.
a�?Any conditions of registration are agreed upon between the soccer clubs and Youth Creative Ideas,a�? said Ndlovu.
a�?Doors are not yet closed we have pool B also. So teams who want to join the league in closing the tap of new HIV infections through sports are welcome,a�? added Ndlovu.
Last week Soccer Results
Makokoba Shooters 2 – 3 Emakhandeni Pirates,Magwegwe FC Chelsea 3 – 0 Pumula High point,Nkulumane United Refineries 6 – 2 Entumbane Eleven Stars, Nketa Seven Warriors 5 – 5 Emakhandeni Bosso Chapter,Emakhandeni United 5 – 3 Byo South Busy bee,Makokoba Renkini rovers 2 – 2 Byo North Vulture ,Montrose HP legends 2 – 2A� Iminyela Mayellow,Byo South Zwakala Zulu 3 – 2 Makokoba Raiders
1)Busters MpopomaA� 40 -27Luveve Queens ,Mthala Mpophoma 30 -24 Flying Eagles Luveve
Lethal Angels Magwegwe 58 – 2Mgoqo,NkulumaneA� Glenkara Nkulumane 22 -37A� How Mine Metallion Gold