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MBABANE – Zombodze Magagula, the former President (and current Honorary President) of Eswatini Olympic Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA), will be inducted into the Region 5 Hall of Fame.

This was revealed by EOCGA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maxwell Jele yesterday. He said Magagula would be inducted on December 2, 2022, during the Region 5 Youth Games Opening Ceremony in Malawi. “Reference is made to my letter dated December 8, 2020 where I was informing you of your induction into the Region 5 Sports Hall of Fame. The Sports Hall of Fame recipients will be recognised during the Games opening ceremony in Malawi. Once again, we congratulate you for your lasting legacy in sport on behalf of our region,” read a part of the letter which was copied to Magagula by African Union Sports Council Region 5 CEO Stanley Mutoya.

“This is a great honor for the country. As EOCGA, we would like to congratulate Mr Magagula for this prestigious recognition, for the effort and dedication he has channeled towards the development of sport in the country and the region as a whole,” said Jele. He said they were also grateful to the Eswatini Sports and Recreation Council (ESRC) for submitting his name. “We are humbled for the decision that Region 5 has reached.


“As servants and leaders in the sports industry, this development keeps others motivated and re-energised to emulate Mr Magagula’s legacy. We are proud to continue working with him within the EOCGA structures and look forward to his continued guidance and advice,” he said. Jele noted that this came hardly within a few months of Pearl Dlamini (EOCGA Board member) being elected into the Board of Directors of IBA. “The stars are shinning on Eswatini and we should honour these recognitions. “This is proof of the ability and talent that the country possesses in sport leadership. We are confident that this will rub off positively onto the performance of our athletes internationally,” he said.

Magagula said it was flattering to get the honour of being inducted into the Region 5 Sports Hall of Fame. “I am grateful to the sportsmen and women who support sport and for their support for me during my involvement in sport. I am not regularly involved in sport as much. I left it in the capable hands of younger and more vibrant minds. EOCGA is in the capable hands of seasoned Administrator Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa who mentored me and his younger, energetic and vibrant confederates,” he said. Eswatini is among the member countries for African Union Sports Council Region V. Other countries include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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