By Noreeni Zuze
CHRISTOPHER Katongo says sport is the easiest and most effective way of communicating key awareness messages calling for an end to gender-based violence, child abuse and related vices.
In a statement released by Sports In Action, Katongo, who graced the STOP GBV tournament in Nyimba at the prisons grounds, which is part of the activities for the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence marked globally from November 25 to December 10 every year, said sport brought people together, which made it easier to spread any message.
“Football has no political attachment. When we won the AfCON, the nation celebrated as one. There was no ruling or opposition party, everyone was on the streets together – that’s how strong football is, and to put messages of Stop GBV in it, we are going in the right direction to stop the scourge completely,” said Katongo.
“Sport, especially football, brings people together, and that is why I found myself here to ensure that we spread the messages to stop GBV, stop violence and child abuse. The reception was incredible because most of them have not seen me after winning the AfCON, so it was a success working together as one and spread the word in totality.”
The STOP GBV tournament attracted 11 teams of the Under-17 and Under-23 represented by 140 players.