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Chambeshi counsels Catherine Phiri

CATHERINE Phiri is declared winner after defeating Bukiwe Nonina at Government Complex in Lusaka on Saturday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
UNDER-20 national team coach Beston Chambeshi has implored boxer Catherine Phiri to remain strong and focused following her failure to defend the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title.
Last Sunday, Catherine lost on unanimous points to 37-year-old Marian Juarez to surrender the belt to the Mexican.
Chambeshi said in an interview in Lumwana yesterday that Catherine should not despair but forge forward.
“Catherine Phiri and her team came to our camp when we were preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations and encouraged the boys to work hard and win the cup. We were humbled by the visit and she spoke with a lot of wisdom. The players were inspired by her achievement both on and off the ring,” he said.
Chambeshi urged Catherine to continue working hard.
“This is not the end of the world. We are all behind her. A lot of young people draw inspiration from her. She must keep the faith and continue soldering on,” he said.
Chambeshi is upbeat Catherine, 24, will bounce back.
“Setbacks are there in life and they sometimes teach something. She has over the years demonstrated that she is a true champion who fights with passion and commitment. She does not only inspire young people but most of us, her story is simply unique. We know she will conquer the world again, she has done it in the past,” he said.

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