Boxing Sport

MABA GOES FOR ZBF

TENDAI Phiri (Left) unleashes a punch on Patrick Banda’s face during the Agricultural and Commercial Show boxing tournament flyweight bout in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
MIDLANDS Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) has accused the Thomas Chileshe-led Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) of using under-hand methods to remain in office.
The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has set January 21 as the date for the elective annual general meeting (AGM).
MABA secretary Christian Kalima said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that affiliates have not been notified on the date for the elections.
“From the time NSCZ announced the date for ZBF elective general meeting, MABA has not received any official communication from ZBF,” Kalima said.
He said attempts to get in touch with ZBF general secretary Caesar Musuku have proved futile.
“We have no option but to notify NSCZ about our concerns. We have also got in touch with SPABA, CABA and CPABA; they, too, have not been officially notified.
“MABA needs official notification from ZBF on the date, venue and nomination papers. And our candidates are ready for the elections and we will soon unveil the names,” he said.
Meanwhile, Musuku will recontest his position at next month’s elections.
Musuku becomes the second person to announce his candidature after his predecessor, Bright Chomba.
He said in an interview in Ndola on Friday that he still has a lot to offer to boxing, hence the decision to recontest his position.
“Yes, I am re-contesting my position at the annual general meeting. I have done a lot to improve the standards of boxing,” Musuku said.
Musuku, however, said he would issue a statement to outline his vision for the sport.
He said ZBF will only be able to release the names of candidates contesting for various positions seven days before the AGM.
Musuku said nominations are open until seven days before the elections.

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