Lions centre back, Stephane Mbia Etoundi, who plays for Spanish side FC Servilla on loan from Queens Park rangers through the maiden edition of “festifoot Jeunes”, has used football to sensitise the youths on the danger of HIV/AIDS.
The two-day football fiesta took place at the University of Yaoundé 1 Renouveau stadium with teams presented in all categories, benjamins, minors, cadets and junior and senior categories.
On the occasion, Mbia regretted that, “football players focus on football and forget about the sickness, I have friends who are positive and for me it is an opportunity to sensitise football players”.
The football tournament organised with the help of the First Lady, Chantal Biya, helped me to sensitise the population that turned out for screening and i appreciate Stephane Mbiatcha Executive Secretary of Synergy Africaine who gave me confidence to embark on this excercise, he said.
To him, it is important to pass a across this message which is a priority, “that HIV/AIDS is a pungent pandemic,but we know that it no longer kills and means are available for treatment”.
He expressed the satisfaction to be at the stadium and see Cameroonians share this message, which is a priority for fro him.
On the occasion, about 3000 youths were sensitised and 500 screened for HIV/AIDS.