Boxing Sport

Boxers performance disappoints minister

MWALE

MATHEWS KABAMBA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale is disappointed with the boxers failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Mwale said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia has always produced good boxers and it is disappointing that boxing will not be represented in Brazil.
“It very sad, Zambia has always produced good boxers, we needed to be there [Olympics]. This is why we are saying people must avoid conflicts as administrators in these associations. People might begin to think there is a link between these wrangles and the performance.
“In the next few weeks we should be unveiling a sponsor for all athletes who will be going to the Olympics, it sad that the boxers will miss out. It is no longer a question of sponsorship now, it a question of people qualifying,” Mwale said.
Boxers Ben Muziyo Mbachi Kaonga, Emmanuel Ngoma, Karisto Bwalya and Juliana Kasonka represented the country at the tournament in Cameroon.
And Zambia Boxing Federation president Thomas Chileshe said they are not disappointed with the performance of the boxers.
Chileshe is keeping his fingers crossed that Ngoma could be considered for a wildcard entry.
Ngoma lost to Omar Abudul of Ghana on split points after the latter sustained a cut during a quarter-final bout.
“Let’s wait may be Emmanuel may be considered for a wildcard entry. Even Muziyo might be considered for a wildcard entry,” Chileshe said.

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