Asamoah Gyan comes to Malawi for Protect the Goal campaign 

Ghana national team captain Asamoah Gyan is coming to Malawi this Thursday, 28th August, in a visit to support national invigoration of the global ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign, which was launched in Malawi at the end of 2013.

A joint statement from the UN Malawi office  and the Malawi government says Gyan who is the lead Sports Celebrity for Protect the Goal in Ghana and will be accompanied by his manager Samuel Addo and renowned Ghanaian jazz saxophonist Steve Bedi who is also the ‘Protect the Goal’ Goodwill Ambassador for Ghana.

“The three-day visit will include various activities and events organized to highlight the importance of harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of HIV particularly amongst the youth. It will climax with an event on August 28th in Blantyre during which His Excellency, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will sign a ‘Global Ball’ reaffirming his commitment to HIV prevention” reads the statement in part.

Gyan to visit Malawi
Gyan to visit Malawi

Fifteen other African Heads of State have so far signed the ‘Global Ball’ which has now arrived in Malawi.

“Other planned activities include an interactive ‘Protect the Goal’ information session with young people, media interviews, radio talk show and a gala dinner with potential ‘Protect the Goal’ project sponsorsduring which the renowned Jazz artist Steve Bedi and Malawi’s Skeffa Chimoto will team up in a musical collaboration,” says the statementt

Gyan is also expected to attend the Standard Bank football cup final game between Silver Strikers and (winner between Azam Tigers and Mafco) at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday 30thAugust.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is facilitating the event in partnership with the Joint United Nations Team on HIV and AIDS, NAC and the Football Association of Malawi (FAM). The main private sector sponsors are Airtel and Standard Bank.

“Malawi and Ghana are often hailed for their hospitality, peace, stability and democracy. It’s exciting to see the two countries unite through football. Malawi is a shining example of accelerating treatment but we now need a strong push on HIV prevention so that we can get  closer to the goal of ending AIDS”, says UNAIDS  Malawi Country Director, Amakobe Sande .

In Malawi, ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign was launched in late 2013 to use football as a platform to scale up access to HIV information and services among the youth, apart from mobilising young people to commit to HIV prevention.

Footbal Assocaistion of Malawi, as an affiliate organization of Confederation of African Football (CAF), is facilitating the roll-out of the campaign and implementation of localised activities through its football clubs.

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