Federation of African University Sports members have elected South Africa’s Nomsa Mahlangu as it’s first female president.
The historic development happened recently at the FISU-FASU Strategic Dialogue and FASU General Assembly in Entebbe, Uganda and witnessed by FISU President, Prof. Oleg Matytsin.
Before now, Mahlangu has served in several key positions since she was the general secretary of the South African Student Sports Union Football Gauteng Province in 1994.
She was formerly the chairperson of South Africa women’s football, a board member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is currently working on Caf and Cosafa events.
Following her election, the former goalkeeper, whose tenure will run until 2022 shared her vision for the federation.
“I will ensure a FASU that is inclusive, a FASU that accommodates, a FASU that is going to be innovative, a FASU that is going to be providing opportunities,” Mahlangu told media.
“A FASU that is going to continue serving student sportsSports is an instrument that we can be able to use to fight a lot of social ills. I heard a lot of people since the dialogue.
“There were talks that we need to take FASU to another level. Now, this is the time for us as a collective to define what that other level is. In the next programmes of FASU it is our responsibility to ensure that we give opportunities to our students.
“University sports is all about students it is not only about us as administrators, lecturers and the likes. The role of female sports athletes in leadership is as critical as their male counterparts. It is a combination of efforts that will propel us to greater heights.”
Meanwhile, the president of Safa, Dr Danny Jordaan has congratulated the University of Johannesburg’s Sport Senior Director on her landmark achievement.
“This could not have happened to a very passionate and dedicated person like Nomsa,” Jordaan told Safa.net.
“I can safely say FASU is in good hands with her on board. As SAFA, we are delighted to have worked with her where we saw firsthand her dedication, commitment and the drive she has when it comes to sport.
“We are also happy that she is flying high the flag of South Africa at such an important organisation like the FASU. We are very proud of her achievement because it puts women, in particular South African women, up there with the best. We can only wish her luck in her new journey.”