Magharebia (Washington DC)

North Africa: Maghreb Football Sides Join Fight Against Aids

The football teams of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco are using their participation in the African Cup of Nations to help fight AIDS in Africa.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has thrown its weight behind the United Nations' "Protect the Goal" campaign against HIV/AIDS, taking advantage of the 2013 CAN 2013 finals as a platform to spread the message across the continent.

"CAN is a great way to reach people in Africa and outside it. This is our moral and humanitarian responsibility as a responsible organization," CAF President Issa Hayatou said in Johannesburg.

UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé thanked CAF for its participation in the cause.

"Football is not about 22 players on the pitch, but is a tool to mobilise society," he said.

Before the Angola match, Morocco captain Nader Lemiaghri asked attending fans to support the fight against AIDS across Africa.

Algeria captain Mehdi Lacen and Tunisia skipper Aymen Mathlouthi will do the same thing before their match on Tuesday (January 22nd).

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Magharebia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.