Army commander promotes Mupopo, Muziyo

ZAMBIA Army commander Paul Mihova (left) presenting the 2015 sportswoman-of-the-year award to runner Kabange Mupopo in Lusaka on Friday. - PICTURE: STAFRANCE ZULU

ZAMBIA Army commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova has handed runner Kabange Mupopo a rare promotion from recruit to sergeant following her splendid performance on the international stage last year.
Mupopo won a gold medal at the 2015 Congo-Brazzaville All-Africa Games and reached the semi-finals at the World Championships in Beijing, China, last August, among others.
For these achievements, Mupopo was named 2015 Zambia Army sportswoman-of-the-year.
Mihova promoted Mupopo at a colourful 2015 Zambia Army sports awards ceremony at Arakan Barracks in Lusaka on Friday night.
Boxer Ben Muziyo was named sportsman-of-the-year. He won a bronze medal at the Congo-Brazzaville games.
Muziyo won another bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
He was promoted from corporal to sergeant.
Mihova said the promotions are meant to motivate the athletes to continue working hard.
Other athletes promoted were footballers Lawrence Phiri and Lineker Mwiikisa.
The two were corporals but are now sergeants.
Phiri plies his trade in Angola while Mwiikisa campaigns in Mozambique.
Mihova urged the athletes to continue working hard for them to be considered for their respective national teams.
Green Buffaloes Football Club coach Bilton Musonda was named coach-of-the- year while netball team coach Catherine Chanya was runner-up in the category.
Buffaloes were also voted the most improved team having won the 2015 Barclays Cup and finished fourth on the Super Division table.
Green Buffaloes Women Football Club coached by Beauty Mwamba were crowned 2015 club-of-the-year while squash player Kelvin Likando was named most promoting athlete.
Young Green Buffaloes Football Club striker Allan Chirwa and Green Buffaloes Women Football Club forward Agness Musesa tied on 18 goals to share the top-scorer award.
Zambia Army director of sport Vincent Mulenga said it was gratifying the sports awards, which have not been held since 2012, are back.

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