UNICEF Courts Stars Norman Mapeza And Lazarus Muhoni

Mapeza recently quit as coach of the Warriors after allegedly being frustrated out of the top job by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) while Muhoni was a star player having plied his trade both locally and abroad.

The UN said in a statement that Mapeza and Muhoni had been approached because of their exemplary behavior both on and off the field of play.

The organisation said the two football stars would have their photographs stuck on billboards around Zimbabwe.

“There are currently 10 billboards mounted throughout the 10 provinces in Zimbabwe and by the end of the next week, six more billboards will have been set up,” UNICEF said in a statement.

“The sports personalities have been identified by the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) after a series of vetting exercises which included extensive consultations with the National Aids Council (NAC), Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well as the United Nations Aids and other partners.”

The Project/Campaign is known as the “Coaching Boys into Brothers for Life”.

“It is a national multi-media and social mobilisation campaign which engages sports personalities to persuade positive behaviours especially towards women and girls,” UNICEF said.

“The national campaign aims to stimulate dialogue and increase awareness on key health protection and social development issues.”

Other than soccer, UNICEF has also approached star athlete Elliot Mujaji, a Zimbabwean athlete who grabbed the Gold Medal for the 100 metres during the 2000 Paralympic Games held in Sydney, Australia and Hamilton Masakadza, a star cricket player for the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team.

“They are all team players,” UNICEF said. “They all deserve to be part of our very important media campaign.”