Amateur boxers spell out their needs from Maba
As the Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) holds its extra-ordinary general meeting in Lilongwe to elect new office bearers today, some amateur boxers have spelt out their most immediate needs.
The boxers hope that the new officials will address the issue of inactivity that has come about due to Maba’s suspension and other reasons.
The amateurs last competed on the international stage in 2012 during the African Union Region Five Games (formerly Zone VI Games) in Lusaka, Zambia.
During the tournament, Steve Maliko won silver medal whereas Salimu Chazama settled for bronze.
Last year, Maba failed to register boxers for similar games on time and matters became worse as the International Boxing Association suspended Maba.
One of the well-known amateurs, Limbani Lano, said they want a result-oriented committee to arrange international tournaments.
“We have been idle for over a year and this is not healthy for the sport. We want to take part in local championships as well as international tournaments to improve our game. We hope the new leaders will be legitimate to avoid putting the association and entire amateur boxing in disrepute,” he said.
Female boxer, Ruth Chisale, said the dormancy affected them psychologically and physically.
“Some amateurs were taking part in non-title semi-professional fights to keep in shape. The situation is bad because at times amateurs were not getting the right pairing,” she said.
Meanwhile, outgoing president, Henry Sakala, will not seek re-election while Atusaye Mwafulirwa, retired promoter Justice Katika and Leonard Tilingamawa will contest for the presidency.
Happy Kumwenda, Darlington Ndasauka and Pyson Likagwa will vie for the vice presidency.
Outgoing secretary, Mac Phellah Mbachichi Nyirenda, will face former secretary, Sekani Chenda Mkandawire, Innocent Letaie Chakudza and Joster Chisale for the seat.
The post of vice secretary will attract Deneeze Chavula, Elson Mankhomwa, Pax Andy Matipwiri and Gowa Banda.
Outgoing treasurer, Abdul Razack Nkata, is set to retain the post unopposed.
Zacharia Kasakula, Memory Namatumbo, Eliah Kamphinda, Conelius Kakwesa and Golodi Phiri will contest for the four positions of executive members.
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