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Simpemba calls on NSCZ to resolve ZBF wrangles

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola & CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
FORMER Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) president Stephen Simpemba has urged the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) to resolve wrangles that have rocked the organisation.
And ZBF ethics committee chairman Leonard Mambo said ZBF president Thomas Chileshe’s call for a strategic meeting is a non-starter.
Simpemba said in Ndola yesterday that there is need to resolve the impasse before the situation gets out of hand.
“NSCZ is supposed to come in and sort out the differences because those wrangles can affect the performance of the boxers if left unchecked,” he said.
The Copperbelt Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) and Southern Province Amateur Boxing Association (SPABA) have joined their Midlands counterparts in asking Chileshe to step down.
The three associations also announced that they will shun the strategic meeting.
Simpemba was at the helm of ZBF from 2008 to 2012.
Meanwhile, Mambo said the strategic meeting is not in the 2015 budget and holding it is a waste of resources.
“It’s a waste of resources because it was not on the ZBF budget. It has no agenda and where is the money for staging the meeting coming from. I see no reason why Chileshe has called for the meeting when the people who will be in office next year are not known yet,” said Mambo, who is also SPABA coordinator.
Meanwhile, ZBF general secretary Ceasar Musuku said a date for next year’s elective annual general meeting will be announced soon.
“Very soon we will set the date for the annual general meeting. We want to set the date which is convenient. Our constitution states that we must hold the meeting in the second week of February.
“The annual general meeting is not all about elections. There are things like financial reports that we have to prepare,” he said.
On calls for Chileshe to step down, Musuku said councillors should wait for the term to finish.

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