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It’s the second day back to work after the New Year break and 2012 is definitely off to a busy start!
From where Esther Goba sat watching two football teams clad in “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirts competing in a football tournament in Limbe, Malawi, she wouldn’t strike you as someone who is at the frontlines of the life-or-death match against HIV/AIDS.
How strange it would be if the players in a World Cup winning side were to meet just five days before the deciding match for the very first time to train together and then take the title with a convincing victory…
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is in its final stage and the excitement in Southern Africa is still palpable even in Zimbabwe where I work as a nurse for Médecins Sans Frontières  in an HIV/AIDS treatment project,  north of host nation South Africa.
It’s difficult to go anywhere in South Africa without getting caught up in football fever these days.
The all-star Brazil football squad entered the 2010 FIFA World Cup as early favourites to make it to the finals and hope to lift the golden trophy. And similarly in Médecins Sans Frontieres(MSF) upcoming HALFTIME!
In Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, a field of 20 agile aspiring footballers from HIV programmes run by MSF did their best in recent weeks to impress selectors and secure their participation in the HALFTIME!
The Thwala family gathers around the small radio set to listen to the commentary of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament match kicks off. The excitement in the little four-roomed house is so huge, neighbours walking past can almost feel it.
There are six African teams in the World Cup 2010 - and another six in the HALFTIME! 5-a-side tournament planned for Friday July 2 in Johannesburg. Swaziland is one of the determined soccer teams of HalfTime!
Think of the global fight against HIV/AIDS as the deciding match during a global football tournament... The massive international response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic has reached the HALFTIME mark after a decade of impressive progress.
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