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4 SOCCER. 4 LIFE.
Edition 1: Join the Team
Star DESIREE ELLIS
MAKES HER MOVE
Build your team
s r and lif
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Welcome to the
“I’m always trying to help
those people who noticed
my talent and helped me get
where I am.”
– Sibusiso Zuma, Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns
Skillz magazine is designed for young Africans who love
soccer. As the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ approaches, young
people across Africa are uniting to turn their passion
for soccer into power to solve problems. Skillz features
international soccer stars as well as young South Africans
who are making a difference in their communities and
leading the fight against HIV and Aids.
In each edition of Skillz you will see amazing photos, read
interesting stories from your favourite soccer players and
learn about the 3 Skillz to Win.
Know the game
... in so and
Build your team
Make your move
These 3 Skillz are important both on the soccer
field and in life. By following the 3 Skillz to Win,
you can achieve your goals, stay strong when faced
with challenges, and protect yourself and others
from HIV and Aids.
Join the Skillz team...
Write your initial,
surname and favourite
number on the soccer
jersey on the cover of this
edition of skillz.
For more information about Skillz, contact Nozi on [email protected]
This edition of Skillz is supported by:
Skillz was developed by:
Name: Sibusiso Zuma
Date of birth: 23 June 1975
Place of birth: Durban
Jersey number: 15
Club team: Mamelodi
National team caps: 67
To play soccer, you have to know the rules of the game. To protect yourself against HIV and Aids, you need to know
the facts as well as what your strengths are! Strengths are the things you are good at, like to do and learn quickly.
Test your knowledge of soccer and life below.
“I had an engine! I never stopped running,
played with energy, and made sure I was
available to teammates at all times.”
– Desiree Ellis, former Banyana Banyana Captain
Name: Samuel Eto’o
Date of birth: 10 March 1981
Club team: FC Barcelona
National team caps: 73
“I really enjoy
helping people. I do
things the right way
because I know it’s
what I should do.”
– Desiree Ellis
List two of your strengths on the fiel
List two of your strengths off the fiel
Circle “Fact” or “Nonsense” for each
statement. If nonsense, explain below.
A soccer team has 10 players on the field at a time.
2. A full soccer match is 80 minutes.
A NIKE TOG
11. Boys and girls have equal rights for education and work.
3. Receiving a red card from the referee means that you must leave the
field for the rest of the match.
4. A team is allowed five substitutions every game.
5. Soccer is played by more children than any other sport in the world.
6. The continent of Africa will host the World Cup for the first time in 2010.
7. Bafana Bafana has participated in three World Cups.
8. Brazil has won five World Cups, more than any other country.
10. South Africa has more people living with HIV than any other country in
9. List four of the nine World Cup 2010 sites/
cities in South Africa.
12. Sharing razor blades is the most common way HIV spreads in South Africa.
13. A healthy-looking person can have HIV.
14. In the first eight weeks after HIV infection someone is most likely to
spread it to others.
15. HIV is spread by sharing food.
16. There is a cure for Aids.
17. Most South African youth who leave school complete a matric.
18. What four body fluids can spread HIV?
19. List three ways to prevent yourself
from getting HIV through sex? Circle
the 100% most effective way.
How many African
teams will play in the
2010 World Cup?
To win, SMS the word SKILLZ
followed by the answer, your
e, grade, school and
address to 32545.
SMSs charged at R1.
For answers go to page 7.
Go to www.itbeginswithyou.org and click on Quick Facts for more information about HIV and Aids.
NOMAXABISO “XABI” MANTO, Striker, Banyana Banyana and City Lads (Port Elizabeth).
“You need to
know what you
want in life.”
“I surround myself with people
who will help me to grow
as a professional, but more
importantly as a person.”
Source: Orlando Pirates FC
Source: Orlando Pirates FC
soccer and lif
• Find supporters who can help you bounce back
and stay strong when you face challenges.
• Find supporters who help you to succeed, identify your strengths and make tough decisions.
• Build healthy relationships with family, friends
and other supporters.
Build your team
• Know what puts your life in danger and how to
• Know yourself, your strengths and your goals
for the future.
• Know your rights and responsibilities.
Know the game
4 SOCCER. 4 LIFE.
Name: Teko Modise
Date of birth: 22 December 1982
Place of birth: Meadowlands,
Position: Attacking midfielder
Jersey number: 11
Club team: Orlando Pirates (debut
National team caps: 17
Source: The Times
• Take action in your community by helping others,
playing sports and teaching others about HIV
• Protect yourself and others from HIV and Aids.
• Constantly seek opportunities, tackle challenges
and take small steps to reach your goals.
Make your move
“I lost my uncle about a year
ago to Aids and it was very
sad losing someone who I
knew. I decided there and
then that I didn’t want to
die of the same disease [as
my uncle]… Youngsters and
players really look up to me,
especially in the townships,
so I’ve tested [for HIV] to
make them aware of how
important it is to know their
status because we’ve lost
some players to Aids.”
“We’ve always been close
as a team, even when we
were not winning”
– Aaron Mokoena, Bafana Bafana Capain and Blackburn Rovers
SUPPORTERS IN SOCCER HELP
PLAYERS PERFORM BETTER ON
THE FIELD. LIST FIVE SOCCER
PLAYERS WHO YOU SUPPORT.
WHO ARE YOUR
Supporters can help you be
strong in life.
A supporter is someone who:
Believes in you.
Wants you to achieve your goals.
Helps you to feel strong by giving
Helps you when you face a
Gives you advice when making
Name: Aaron Mokoena
Nickname: The Axe
Date of birth: 25 November
Place of birth: Johannesburg
Jersey number: 4(Bafana)
Club team: Blackburn Rovers
National team caps: 81
Name: Pitso Mosimane
Date of birth: 26 July 1964
Place of birth: Kagiso,
Team: Bafana Bafana
Position: Assistant Coach
“I’ve seen how soccer can be used to teach
valuable life lessons. The most successful
coaches develop their players both on and off
– Pitso Mosimane
Coach’s Corner is aimed at learners and
teachers and will use the game of soccer to
teach life skills. Every edition of Skillz will have
some Team Talk ideas to help young people to
discuss the issues that affect them. There will
also be ideas for fun activities that educators
can use to teach young people about living
Skillz Activity: Team Talk
Blah blah ...
Read out a statement (see below) to
participants and allow participants to move to
the appropriate area, according to how they
feel about the statement.
Prepare a semi-circle with “agree” on one end
and “disagree” on the other. Ask participants to
listen to the statement, decide what they think
about the statement and feel free to share their
opinions with others.
Blah blah ...
Using the follow-up questions below each
statement, facilitate an open and comfortable
discussion with the participants. Do not share
your own values and opinions. Allow participants
to debate and challenge each other in a friendly
and respectful way.
TEAM TALK STATEMENTS
STATEMENT 1: I find it easy to talk to my parents
or guardians about HIV and sex.
What makes it hard or easy to have these conversations?
What can we do to make it easier to have these conversations?
STATEMENT 2: It is easy for everyone my age to
abstain from sex.
Does peer pressure make it easier or harder
What else makes it difficult to abstain?
STATEMENT 3: Knowing the facts about HIV is
enough to protect yourself.
o 14 and under – why do young people choose
to have sex at an early age when they know
it can be risky?
o 15+ – why do young girls choose to have a
partner who buys them things when they
know the relationship risky?
STATEMENT 4: It’s okay to have more than one
Is there different pressure for boys and for
girls to have more than one sexual partner?
STATEMENT 5: People who have been in a
relationship for a long time don’t need to use
condoms when they have sex.
• 4 soccer: 1. NONSENSE: 11 players; 2. NONSENSE: 90 minutes; 3. FACT; 4. NONSENSE: Three substitutions each game; 5. FACT; 6. FACT; 7. NONSENSE: 2 World Cups. 2010 will be the third; 8. FACT; 9. The 9 sites are: Johannesburg, Pretoria,
Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth.
• 4 life: 10. FACT – 5,7 million people in South Africa are living with HIV; 11. FACT; 12. NONESENSE: Unprotected sex is the most common way HIV spreads in South Africa; 13. FACT; 14. FACT: A person is up to 40 times more likely to spread HIV
to someone else in their first eight weeks of being infected.; 15. NONSENSE: HIV is not transmitted by sharing food, kissing, hugging, or other casual contact.; 16. NONSENSE: Currently, there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there is treatment
(antiretroviral drugs, or “ARVs”) that can help someone with HIV live healthier and longer; 17. NONSENSE: Of the more than 1 million South African youth who leave school each year, less than 30% complete a matric; 18. Semen, vaginal fluid, blood,
breastmilk; 19. ANSWERS CAN BE: abstinence – not having sex (should be circled as the 100% most effective way), delaying sex, getting tested with and sticking to one sexual partner, reducing your number of sexual partners, using condoms
correctly every time you have sex.
• 4 soccer – Answers may vary, but examples are quick decision making, smart thinking, speed, fitness, defending, shooting, passing, dribbling, using both feet, etc.
• 4 life – Answers can vary, but examples are making friends, making good decisions, sharing with others, helping the community, managing time, learning different subjects in school such as maths, history, science, languages, etc.
Answers to Know The Game on page 3
ELLIS Makes her move
Name: Desiree Ellis
Q: What is your biggest accomplishment?
midfield (now retired)
Soccer – When I grew up there weren’t soccer teams for girls. I used
to hop a fence and sneak onto the field to play with boys. When I was 15 I
got to play in my first real game for the provincial team, which was a big
accomplishment. Then I became captain of Banyana Banyana and because
of my success, I met former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki,
and even interviewed Sir Alex Ferguson.
Favourite local team:
Life – My soccer career has been one of my biggest accomplishments. I
played for Banyana Banyana when I was in my 30s. Every game I played
was an accomplishment because I proved to people I could compete
despite my age. Also, I have to say that accepting Jesus into my life has
been very important to me.
(captain), Cape Town
Q: As a role model yourself, what advice do you have for young people?
Soccer and Life – Playing sport is a brilliant way to keep young
people out of trouble. A lot of young people go through tough times and
often lose hope. No matter how much talent you have, you need support to
See a video profile of Titie:
A small, but
towards reaching the
future you desire.
Challenge yourself to
make your move
Enter the SMS contest on the
Know the Game page.
Put the Teko Modise poster up in
your bedroom or use it to cover
your favourite textbook.
Build Your Team on page 6 and
register for loveLife’s MYMsta and
call loveLife’s centre number :
0800 121 900.
Practise the Street Skillz on
page 3 with a friend.
Nominate a project for the Nike
and Ashoka’s Gamechanges
Nolusindiso “Titie” Plaatjie was born
in Peddie, Eastern Cape, and now
lives in Port Elizabeth. She is studying
at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University and wants to become an
engineer. Titie has been playing soccer
since she was five. In 2001, she was
named captain of the Eastern Cape
provincial team. When Titie isn’t
studying or playing soccer, she works
full-time doing HIV and life skills
education with Grassroot Soccer.
Titie says: “Young girls and boys out
there are interested in soccer. So at
Grassroot Soccer we use soccer and
fun games to reach young people and
teach them important information and
skills. I cannot imagine myself without
the work I do with Grassroot Soccer.”
Also, today, it seems like the “in” thing is to be unmarried and pregnant at a
young age. Children are having children. You miss out on your youth when
this happens. I think it’s important to wait to have sex until the time is right,
or wait until you are married.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Soccer and Life – In five years I would like to have my own soccer
academy. I want to start with the youngsters from seven years old and up.
My academy won’t just be about soccer. Young people need life skills too.
They need to be able to face the world and be confident in both soccer and
life. I want the young soccer players from my academy to be able to carry
themselves, get a good education and become good role models.
Q: How have you made your move to fight HIV and Aids?
Every year I take two weeks of unpaid leave to participate in the Sports
Heroes Walk Against Aids. I want to go out and educate people, get rid of
stigma around HIV and Aids and give back. In 2008, I walked for 15 days
from Soweto to Kimberly, finishing on World Aids Day on December 1.
Kaiser Chiefs star Jimmy Tau also participated on the day.