Victor Gamedze, owner of Swaziland’s leading football club, Mbabane Swallows, was gunned down at a petrol station on Sunday.
According to KickOff.com, Gamedze stopped at a station at Ezulwini, northwest Swaziland, to buy water when he was shot twice in the head.
Gamedze, a prominent businessman and former footballer, was keen on buying the Premier Soccer League (PSL) status of a club in South Africa. He also had plans for Mbabane Swallows joining the South African top flight.
Swaziland business mogul #VictorGamedze who owns local Soccer club & major shareholder in local Telco together with King Mswati the 3rd stopped 2 bullets in an assassination that has shaken the Kingdom,shell-shocked soccer fraternity & sent couple of journos tweeting in fright pic.twitter.com/C0pAkVruch— 🔂Sam_Ke (@The_Optics) 15 January 2018
“We are shocked,” Swallows’ CEO
Mbabane Swallows’ CEO, Sandile Zwane, confirmed the news of Gamedze’s passing away.
“Yes, it is true that our chairman has been shot to death,” Zwane told Independent Media.
“We are still shocked. We are busy sorting out things with the family.
“We will release a proper statement that has all the details on Tuesday. We want to get the direction from the family,” Zwane explained.
According to an eyewitness interviewed by the TimesOfSwaziland, the dreadful event was a planned assassination.
“From my layman’s point view, this was not a robbery. The gunmen knew their target and went for him. They wanted him dead, which is why they fired the second shot after he lay on the ground due to the injury from the first gunshot,” the witness said.
After the shooting, Gamedze was quickly loaded into a fan’s car and taken to a near clinic, where after an hour, he was confirmed dead.
Two suspects have been detained while trying to enter into South Africa through the Lundzi border post.