Football star Sadio Mane has teamed up with Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to fight HIV and Aids in Malawi, his English Premier League club has announced.
Mane was unveiled yesterday at Anfield Sports and Community Centre as the star of the project which encourages access to health services and education as a tool to fighting the pandemic among the youth.
The Senegal international told www.liverpoolfc.com that he was delighted to empower Malawi youth.
“It is an initiative that is close to my heart. It is something that I am very happy to do. It is important to help people.
“They approached me about the initiative, and it became clear I was maybe the right person to help. When they told me about it, I was very, very happy to help out. I’m looking forward to doing my bit,” Mane is quoted as saying.
Mane, who forms a deadly attacking trio with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at Liverpool, has recorded a special message for Malawi youths, demonstrating how they can use a swab test on themselves to check for HIV.
Andrea Cooper, Head of the LFC Foundation, said: “This is such an exciting, progressive project for the LFC Foundation and we are delighted to be working alongside the very talented team at LSTM to deliver it.”
Football Association of Malawi Technical Director, John Kaputa, Tuesay said he was not aware of the coaches who are in the United Kingdom for the launch of the HIV programme.
Ministry of Health publicist, Joshua Malango, Tuesday said the government was not informed about the programme.