Scores of football fanatics gathered at Kwamfundo Sports Field in Harare on Saturday 25 January during the opening of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Tournament. The tournament was organised by VPUU in an effort to fight gender-based violence and build social cohesion. At least 16 teams from Monwabisi Park and Harare participated in the event. The finals will be on Sunday 2 February. Event organiser and Khayelitsha area manager for VPUU Mncedisi Mbatha said the tournament is the result of the gender-based violence imbizo that was held at Masibambane community hall in Harare in December last year. He said all the representatives of the teams that participated in the social dialogue automatically qualified for the tournament. “Our objective is to take the youth away from the streets and educate them about Ubuntu and life in general. But for now, we are using sport to unite them,” said Mbatha, adding that they also encourage youth to focus on their studies. The winners of the tournament will walk away with a R3 000 voucher to buy soccer equipment and the second-place winner will receive R2 000.