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ELASTRIDAH Yombwe ready to make her move during the round two game against Stella Babirye of Uganda. PICTURE COURTESY: CFZ.

New CFZ boss wants schools chess revamped

ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
CHESS Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Ericho Nshikokola says revamping chess in schools is top on his agenda.
And former national team player Nase Lungu was on Saturday elected vice-president during the CFZ annual general meeting at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Nshikokola said in an interview yesterday that chess has ‘died’ in schools.
“I want to revamp chess in schools. It is important that we develop the sport at grassroot level,” said Nskikokola, who was unopposed.
He pledged to run a transparent and accountable federation.
“Discipline and accountability will be the cornerstone of our administration. I want to bring back Amon Simutowe to the national team,” Nshikokola said.
He said Grand Master Simutowe has done a lot for the sport and has ‘unfinished business’ with the national team.
And during the polls, Lungu polled 29 votes against former vice-president Leslie Chikuse’s 13 while Ntemena Bwalya and Moses Zimba managed seven and four votes respectively.
Chanda Nsakanya is new secretary after amassing 41 votes against Kharika Phiri who got 11.
Stephen Phiri was unopposed for the vice secretary position while Stanley Ngulube is treasurer after garnering 28 votes against Andrew Kayonde’s 23.
Other executive committee members are Aaron Banda (tournaments director) and Moses Kalapizya (disciplinary chairman).
Committee members are Sydney Mukumbo, Felix Mudenda, Rabson Masebo, Robert Mutunda, Jonathan Sendele and Mercy Banda.