MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
ZAMBIA Boxing Federation (ZBF) president Thomas Chileshe has suspended Southern Province Boxing Association secretary Blackie Mantele for alleged indiscipline.
Chileshe said in Kitwe yesterday that ZBF is disappointed that Mantele allegedly discouraged Southern Province-based clubs from participating at the Independence tournament held in Livingstone on Saturday.
â€œWe are putting him on suspension for indiscipline.Â We cannot allow a situation where boxing administrators are going to rush to the media to give wrong information to the public,â€ he said.
Chileshe said if Mantele did not understand who sanctioned, or why the Livingstone tournament was sanctioned, he should have consulted ZBF instead of discouraging clubs from participating.
â€œWe will not allow him or anyone to bring politics into boxing.Â If we as a mother body sanction a tournament, who is he to stop it?â€ Chileshe wondered.
Mantel could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Zambia outclassed Zimbabwe in an international boxing tournament in Livingstone on Saturday, CHALI MULENGA reports.
Zambiaâ€™s Davy Mwale beat Petros Machokoto of Zimbabwe on unanimous points decision, Simon Ngosa knocked out Trade Temba in the first round while Emmanuel Ngoma beat Wiseman Shuma.
Mbachi Kaonga was too good for Robert Mohani while All-Africa Games bronze winner Ben Muziyo defeated Linel Greene.
And State House Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata, who graced the event, said amateur boxing is important because it provides a platform for talent identification.
Sata called on the young people to showcase their talent so that they could be identified for various national teams.
He urged referees and judges to ensure quality officiating as it is key in lifting the standards of the sport.
And Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions director of operations Christopher Malunga said boxing tournaments will be held every two weeks in Livingstone.
â€œThis was a great audience and I hold Livingstone so dearly. We shall work hard to ensure that there is a boxing tournament every two months,â€ he said.
MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe