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Sambo bids to revive STOP

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FORMER Premier Soccer League secretary-general Chris Sambo wants to restart the Sports Trust of Positiveness (STOP) — an organisation that deals with HIV and Aids through sports that last held its activities way back in 2010.

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Sambo, the founder and project director, said the organisation was being funded by late musician Prince Tendai Mupfurutsa.

“But since he passed on, we have struggled to get financial support from individuals and corporates for our programmes, especially on the equipment side where we don’t have balls and uniforms for the ladies’ teams that were taking part in some of our competitions.

“The last tournament was in 2010 and was sponsored by BancABC and had eight teams participating in women football.

“Now the new strategy is to appoint an international ambassador who will help us to fundraise and restart our programmes. This will also help in promoting sports tourism and we hope to engage the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry on this.

“Admittedly, we have not been aggressive in pursuing these opportunities but we believe we can do it again,” Sambo said.

In the past, former Warriors and Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari has supported STOP. Former England and Manchester United striker Andy Cole visited the country a decade ago while John Fashanu, formerly of Wimbledon, was also here.

Liverpool legend John Barnes was in the country early this year in a programme sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, the sponsors of the Reds.

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