Kevin Ndege Mamboleo, Seth Zweli Zimu, S'Dumo Mtshali, Kendra Etufunwa
On a dusty soccer pitch in Malindi, Kenya, Kalu is an aggressive young striker who dreams of playing professionally. A selfish player who knows he's destined for glory, he is a clear stand-out on his local team, the Sharks. Then one day his life changes dramatically. Kalu gets an offer to play for a second-tier South African team?on the same day that he is unknowingly exposed to the HIV virus, and his father is killed in a tragic accident. Kalu decides to accept the position, moves to Johannesburg and sends part of his salary to his mother and sister back home.
But he quickly discovers that he is no longer a local hero, and meets resistance from his new teammates. His battles both on-field and off are the backdrop for a remarkable journey that reveals his challenges with HIV?we race past skin, bone and muscle to reveal the high-stakes game going on inside his body. Kalu struggles and triumphs as a soccer player and in his relationships, and ultimately realizes that knowledge is power.