Boxing Sport

Chileshe rules out running for ZBF presidency


FORMER Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) president Thomas Chileshe has ruled out running for the presidency citing violence during the elective annual general meeting in Kabwe last Saturday.
And Chileshe has appealed to Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere to intervene in the ZBF wrangles before Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) imposes sanctions.
Chileshe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that he left Kabwe’s Nyaka Lodge early because the environment was not conducive.
“I may not even like to associate myself with ZBF because I just volunteered myself to protect boxing as a Zambian. And if violence can start creeping into the sport, then it’s not sport. Thugs from intercity in Lusaka attacked and harassed people at the AGM and it will be very sad if AIBA picked that,” Chileshe said.
The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) disqualified Chileshe because he was nominated by only five clubs.
The ZBF constitution chapter 16.3 states that a candidate for presidency must be backed at least by 10 clubs.
Kennedy Mubita, who was eyeing the presidency, was also disqualified because the NSCZ ruled that only nominations that were filed last year would be allowed.
Mubita had filed for the vice-presidency last year and was elected to the position and is acting ZBF president.
The ruling also disqualified Jack Mbewe from the vice-presidency race because he submitted forms for the presidency last year.
The NSCZ has directed ZBF to hold an extraordinary meeting within three months to elect a president.
Chileshe alleged that some people tampered with his nomination papers.
Chileshe wondered why he was not told on time that he did not qualify to contest the presidency.
Meanwhile, Chileshe said Zambia risks getting AIBA sanctions if wrangles are not resolved.
“My advice is that whoever is acting as ZBF president let them see how they can consolidate and calm the situation. If the minister will remain quiet, then there will be a very big problem in Zambia,” he said.
Meanwhile, former national boxing team coach Elias Kataya has urged the newly elected ZBF executive to concentrate on building capacity among coaches and referees.
Kataya said the onus is on the new executive to work hard and ensure there is capacity building for coaches and referees.
“I am positive that things will change for the better, if they work together for the betterment of the sport. There is need to build capacity in coaches by lobbying for international refresher courses .

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