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Zaba aims to contest for ABC post

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Zimbabwe has set its sights at claiming an executive board spot in the African Boxing Confederation (ABC), when the continental body meets at a conference slated for Botswana at the end of this month.

Chairmen and secretaries of ABC (Zone VI) member associations will converge in Gaborone on January 27 to elect a new leadership to run the affairs of boxing in the region. Zimbabwe, which over the years has been a mere passenger in the body dominated by South Africa and Botswana, will contest in the elections.

Zimbabwe Amateur Boxing Association secretary (Zaba) Goodwill Sibanda yesterday revealed that he would travel to Botswana together with the local association’s chairman Lovemore Malianga to press either for the ABC chair or secretary-general posts.

Gweru-based Sibanda said apart from being at the helm and calling the shots, having a local sitting on the ABC board will boost chances of securing healthy sponsorship for the cash-strapped Zaba.

“Our target is to have our country sitting on the ABC board for Zone VI because it comes with enormous advantage, especially in getting sponsorship for the local boxing scene.

“So it is either Malianga will contest for the chairman’s post or I will go for the secretary-general’s slot,” said Sibanda.

“Over the years, we have failed to attend regional meetings because we could not even raise funds to travel outside the country but this year we thought it is the right time to stamp our authority in the region,” he said.

However, Zimbabwe’s biggest drawback at the regional poll might be an empty portfolio as the country has not been active on the international scene.

Sibanda bemoaned the shying away of local promoters from amateur boxing which has a lot of talent strewn country wide.

“We are facing a problem where there are no promoters with boxers at heart these days. Very talented young boxers are fading into the doldrums because there are no promoters to expose them to high competition,” he said.

He appealed for sponsors to come forth and sponsor the Botswana trip which needs $600.

Like most sporting disciplines in the country this year, Zaba aims to garner as many medals as possible at the September All-Africa Games in Mozambique.

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