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Global Alumni Ambassador returns to ‘give back’


Zimbabwean born and proud alumnus of Nelson Mandela University, Solomon Mudege, was recently promoted as FIFA Senior Development Manager.  Mudege is an MA Human Movement Science and FIFA/CIES/Nelson Mandela University Programme Sport Management graduate. 

Mudege is an MA Human Movement Science and FIFA/CIES/Nelson Mandela University Programme Sport Management graduate. He expressed his gratitude and pride in being a Mandela University ambassador and former staff member. 

On a visit to Port Elizabeth as guest speaker at the Sport Conference for the Nelson Mandela University FIFA/CIES Executive programme in Sports Management, Mudege informed the guests and students about the FIFA Forward Football Development Programme which was launched in 2016 by the current FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“The FIFA Forward programme has been designed to assist the FIFA member associations. There is now greater investment, more impact and enhanced oversight of the FIFA resources and support. I am glad that some of the students in the class could identify the projects that have been done in their home countries using FIFA Forward funding,” said Mr Mudege

One of the Nelson Mandela University values that stands out for him is ‘Ubuntu” which in the words on our namesake means ‘I am because we are’.

“Ubuntu and the communal feeling of achieving things together and helping each other, making sure that all of us are afforded the same opportunity, the same way that others from FIFA was given the opportunity to lecture at the institution makes me proud to be one of those people to come and present this particular course”, he said.

Mudege encourages alumni from the institution to seek opportunities to be involved with their university, because the expertise of other alumni would be beneficial to the university, even just coming back to share their experiences related to their current positions as well as to give back and develop other students.

Solomon Mudege currently resides in Switzerland with his family and is proud and grateful to have met his wife Annah, a fellow LLB alumnus, which he states as his greatest and most positive memory of his varsity days. 



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