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MBABANE – A new challenge is looming.

Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa, the man highly-regarded as a walking dictionary of local football, has accepted nomination for the Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA) presidency. The long-serving local football principal, who has been at the pinnacle of local football leadership for over 25 years now, will constitutionally be compelled to resign as EFA chief, as stated clearly by article 20:13 of the EOCGA constitution, if he wins the elections for this position. 

This article spells it out that in the event Mthethwa is elected as the new EOCGA president during the association’s elective annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled for January 30, he will have 30 days to resign as EFA President. 

Interestingly, Mthethwa is contesting for this position with current President, Peter Shongwe, who has declared in an interview with this publication that he wants another term in office. He may be familiar in football circles, but Mthethwa will not be entirely new in EOGA structures if elected as he once served as vice president when the association was being led by Robert ‘Zombodze’ Magagula for a number of years. 

He was Chief de Mission for the local Olympic squad for a number of years. “I have accepted nomination for the EOCGA presidency, which means I will stand for the elections. I really appreciate the faith shown in me by the members and I am ready for the challenge if elected,” the soft-spoken administrator, a former Senator, declared. 

Asked on what this meant for his future with the EFA, Mthethwa asserted that it was a statutory requirement for him to step down from the EFA presidency within 30 days, of election as stated in EOCGA constitution. 


Interestingly though, the EFA constitution is flexible on such situations as it allows Mthethwa to hold positions in other associations without having to relinquish his present post in local football leadership.  He will, however, not enjoy the privilege of having a shot at retaining power in local football as the elective EFA AGM will only take place around July or August while the EOCGA will be holding its general assembly at the end of this month, even though the venue is still to be confirmed.

The only way he would qualify to stand for the EFA presidency is if he loses the EOCGA elections, which makes it a 50/50 situation for him as things stand. 

“Sabelo, some people have forgotten that I have served in EOCGA as vice president under Zombodze Magagula for many years. I am familiar with the structures and operations of the association, which is one of the reasons I accepted nomination for the presidency. So, yes, I would gladly accept the challenge if elected by the members,” EFA chief, who has also served in high international football bodies including the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), said.   



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