THE death of former Zambia Judo Association president Matilda Mwaba is a blow to the nation.
Ms Mwaba, 64, who died on Monday at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka, was a selfless sports administrator who worked hard to put Zambia on the world Map.
Ms Mwaba was the first woman to hold the position of Zambia Judo Association president and was the founder of the National Women in Sport and Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR).
She mentored a lot of young people who are today successful sportsmen and women.
Ms Mwaba, a former National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) board member, will be remembered for the role she played in promoting gender equality in sports.
It is sad that the cold hand of death has robbed the country of a dedicated sports administrator who inspired a lot of people in Zambia and abroad.
Ms Mwaba, who was inducted into the African Union Sport Council Region 5’s Sports Hall of Fame last month, was a champion who lifted the Zambian flag high wherever she travelled.
She represented the country with honour and dedication and it is humbling that President Edgar Lungu honoured Ms Mwaba with the Insignia of Meritorious Achievement in 2019 because of her work.
The country has lost an industrious daughter of the soil who did her part to promote sports in the country. She was fearless and yet she respected everyone.
Ms Mwaba was a fighter. this is why most people referred to her as Mama Judo because of her love for the sport and what she did for the beautiful sport.
GEORGE DIZOMBA, Luangwa