By MICHAEL MIYOBA
FORMER World Boxing Council champion Catherine Phiri has urged boxers representing the country at the All Africa Games to make the nation proud by winning medals.
Boxers Benny Muziyo, Everisto Mulenga, Nkumbu Silungwe, Mbachi Kaonga and Ben Banda will be led by coach Wisdom Mudenda and his assistant Ariel Banda.
In an interview ahead of 12th continental games scheduled from August 19 to August 31 in Rabat, Morocco, Phiri said the boxers must focus on winning medals.
“The boxers don’t have to be intimidated by anyone, they just have to believe in themselves and
make sure that they train hard and remain focused,” Phiri said.
And Phiri’s manager Christopher Malunga has urged boxers to emulate former boxers such as Hastings Bwalya and Kennedy Kanyanta who represented the country diligently at the 2007 All Africa Games.
Malunga who is also Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion manager cautioned the Zambian boxers to be diplomatic in a foreign land to avoid denting Zambia’s image with bad behaviour.
“They need to be diplomatic including the coaches, the federation officials, we don’t want to hear any wrangles about boxers’ allowances because that will derail the progress of the boxers in their quest to win medals,” Malunga said.
“It is very important that the boxers know that they are representing the country and their behaviour in a foreign country is being observed by the government so they have to be cautious,” he said.
He said that there is need for the boxers to concentrate on fighting and aiming to win gold for Zambia like other boxers who represented the country before.
Meanwhile the Zambian team consisting of 67 athletes and 21 technical staff yesterday left for Morocco. Zambia will participate in boxing, badminton, athletics, chess, soccer, handball, swimming, judo and equestrian.