Arsenal striker Adebayor to help UN fight AIDS

African footballer of the year Emmanuel Adebayor has been named by the United Nations as a goodwill ambassador for its global awareness project to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS.

African footballer of the year Emmanuel Adebayor has been named by the United Nations as a goodwill ambassador for its global awareness project to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS.

The 25-year-old Togo and Arsenal striker will promote the UNAIDS program alongside Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack.

"On the pitch we compete - off the pitch we are uniting the world against AIDS," Adebayor said in a statement.

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, said: "Sports stars like Emmanuel are excellent role models for young people."

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