Zimbabwe government backs boxing champion Manyuchi

THE Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture has hailed boxer Charles Manyuchi and assured him support after he put the country on the world map by being crowned the World Boxing Council welterweight international champion in Zambia on Saturday.

BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Manyuchi wrote a glorious page for Zimbabwean boxing in Lusaka at the weekend after beating Ghana’s Patrick Allotey in the eighth round of a 12-round bout to be crowned the WBC welterweight international champion- becoming the first Zimbabwean to win the WBC welterweight title.

He thus pushed Langton “School Boy” Tinago — a three time Commonwealth title holder and the late Proud “Kilimanjaro” Chinembiri who won the African Boxing Union All Africa heavy weight title in his boxing career into the shade.

Speaking during a Press conference also attended by the minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi and Masvingo mayor Hubert Fize in Harare yesterday, the minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa congratulated Manyuchi for his achievements.

He also appealed to the corporate world to support Manyuchi who has revealed he was ready for highly rated American boxer Floyd “Money Man” Mayweather.

Langa also said he would facilitate to have Manyuchi meet President Robert Mugabe following a request by Masvingo mayor Fize who had accompanied him to Zambia.

Manyuchi hails from Masvingo.

“We are gathered here ladies and gentlemen to witness and congratulate this gallant son of Zimbabwe, Charles Manyuchi for winning this prestigious world belt. The Zimbabwean flag continues to fly high above other nations and this time it is boxing which has flown the flag high when our own Charles Manyuchi knocked out Patrick Allottey of Ghana in the eighth round over the weekend in Lusaka, Zambia, to win the World Boxing Council welterweight title.

“You remember at one point we were married to a Ghanaian and now we have beaten Ghana. This demonstrates that Zimbabwe is a force to reckon with in boxing. We will do everything we can to support Manyuchi. We also want to appeal to the corporate world to come in and support him.

“In the 1980s Proud ‘Kilimanjaro’ Chinembiri was the African heavyweight Boxing Champion for a number of years and Langton “SchoolBoy” Tinago also became the Commonwealth lightweight champion from 1983 to 1987 while Zvenyika Arifonso was also a two-time Commonwealth boxing winner.

“These were inducted into the Zimbabwe sports Hall of Fame. Today, Zimbabwe has re-established itself on the boxing world map through the heroic exploits of Manyuchi,” said Langa.

The minister said it was also pleasing to note that Manyuchi was a product of the National Youth Games. “It is also gratifying to note that Charles once participated in our own National Youth Games as a boxer for Masvingo province. His latest victory is testimony that the National Youth Games are a platform through which talent can be identified and nurtured. In conclusion, I would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who supported Manyuchi in whatever form and to Charles we are firmly behind your success, may you continue to conquer the world of boxing through your heroic exploits in the ring.”

Manyuchi went into the ring with a crack on his finger, but Fize said the Zimbabwean boxer still managed to conquer.

The Zimbabwean hero said with support, he can do better than this. “We can do it if we get support. It can be done. We can do better than what Langton ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago and Proud ‘Kilimanjaro’ Chinembiri did. All we need is exposure,” he said.

Mzembi said Zimbabwe now has its own Nick Prize in the boxing arena and that his ministry would try to bring sports tourism to the fold.

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  2. tendai chaminuka March 19, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    A gvt yana Murondatsimba.Why does Manyuchi belong to a Zambian stable should be a cause for concern kwamuri imi vanaLanga.It shows your failure to support local sport.Put your house in order.

    • tafamutekwe March 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Zambia is a regional powerhouse in boxing alongside South Africa hence it was only logical for our newly crowned hero Charles ” The Champ” Manyuchi ( yes, like the fabled Ali, he stings like a bee (nyuchi!)) to move over to Zambia for better training facilities, adept and dedicated coaches and skilled spurring partners.Thanx to our Zambian brothers for their hospitality.Thanx too to our government for recognizing the prestige that our country will obviously get for having a world champion within our midst.A big shame though to the corporate world who have continued to shun sponsoring boxing bearing in mind the obvious and natural talent that our people have displayed in the sport since time immemorial from the early days of Kid Power to the current stars like Derick Chisora who have had to take foreign citizenship in order to thrive in their chosen field of boxing.The obsession with sponsoring soccer (exclusive of other less popular sports) where we continue to perform dismally is quite embarrassing.Beating a Ghanaian professional who comes from a boxing crazy country like Ghana, that has produced other world champions like Azumah Nelson, is quite a breathtaking feat for our lad and country.Once again, well done Champ!

  3. Chamahororo March 19, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    @Tendai Chaminuka, taura hako wena

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  5. zvinoshamisa March 20, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    As usual,,looking for glory pamusina kana kumborima,,,,pavakaenda ku Zambia hamuna kana help yamakapa,,now makuda kuti aone president,,for what? munaita muchinyararwo so.

  6. Mucheke Rujeko March 20, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Tafamukwete unongorutsawo zvako. You dont even see what wrong with our system? why does Zambia have a better boxing facilities than us? what are you praising the zezuru govt for? what have they done, by the way?

  7. vatengesi March 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    zvakaoma anamuronda tsimba….kukohwa pamusina kurima

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