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  • Writer's pictureFelix Munyika


Republican President Hakainde Hichilema continues to recognize the accomplishments of Muzala Samukonga, the champion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, by presenting him with The President's Insignia of Meritorious Achievements. The ceremony took place during the Africa Freedom Day Commemoration event held at State House on May 25, 2023.

Expressing his gratitude, Samukonga thanked the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Zambian citizens for their unwavering support throughout his athletics career.

He acknowledged that representing Zambia on the global stage in athletics was a significant achievement and honor.

The President's Insignia of Meritorious Achievements presented to Muzala Samukonga

Samukonga also shared that being an athlete had its challenges, particularly when competing against seasoned athletes who had been participating in various competitions for an extended period. However, with the support, encouragement, and kind words from his coaches and the people through different social media platforms, he found the motivation to persevere and train harder.

Recalling the president's words, "We are back in the champions league," Samukonga emphasized that they motivated him to remain focused and work even harder. He credited the growth he had experienced to the contribution of every Zambian citizen.

Furthermore, Samukonga encouraged individuals who aspired to achieve personal growth and make a positive impact on their nation to remain determined and seek assistance from the right people who can help make their dreams come true. He reminded everyone to prioritize their faith by putting God first in all their endeavors.

Samukonga expressed his belief that the support he received from President Hakainde Hichilema, the government, stakeholders, and the entire country was not limited to him alone but could be extended to anyone with a dream and a strong work ethic.

National Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Zambia (NOC/CGA Zambia) President Alfred Foloko has extended gratitude to President Hakainde Hichilema for honoring Muzala Samukonga with the Insignia of Meritorious Achievements.

Foloko highlighted the significance of sports in nation-building, stating that it possessed the power to unite nations, break down barriers, and inspire future generations.

He encouraged support, cooperation, and shared success among individuals, emphasizing that through sport, peace, friendship, and fair play could be promoted, ultimately creating a brighter future for all Africans.

It is worth noting that Muzala Samukonga has displayed exceptional form ever since his international debut in 2021. He has consistently performed at a high level and achieved remarkable success in various competitions.

His notable victories include the African Championships, Commonwealth Games, Botswana Grand Prix, and the Kip Keino Classic Golden Continental Tours. These accomplishments further highlight his talent, dedication, and ability to consistently excel on the international stage.

Samukonga's impressive track record reinforces the recognition and honor bestowed upon him by President Hakainde Hichilema and demonstrates his significant contributions to Zambia's sporting achievements.


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