Manyuchi should motivate boxing investment
EDITOR — Peter Ndlovu is viewed by millions of talented up-and-coming young footballers the same way young cricketers wish to emulate yesteryear heroes like Andy Flower.
World Boxing Council welterweight silver champion Charles Manyuchi has of late attracted praises from political champions like our President Mugabe and VP Phelekezela Mphoko, going to the extent of granting him a diplomatic passport for his exploits.
Our country might have just unearthed a new inspirational hero. Boxing, like other “minor’’ sports such as rugby, basketball and squash, has been on the peripheries of sport in the country.
Manyuchi, perhaps the modern day boxing maverick, reminds the nation of the great Alfonso Zvenyika or Mosquito and Thamsanqa Dube, who were boxing’s beacon lights in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Authorities failed to capitalise on these players’ prowess to build the sport.
Manyuchi is emerging as a second chance for sports administrators to revive boxing.
The boxer’s recent victories are enough incentive for the Government to begin building the sport again as a number of young people will easily be drawn to it if there is a champion face to it.
It breaks my heart that Manyuchi is loved in Zambia more than in his own homeland chiefly because there are no organised boxing structures at the moment.
Of course the sky is the limit for Manyuchi in the boxing world and he deserves to be honoured.
My question to those in charge of sport is why not use the Manyuchi success story as a foundation for supporting “minor’’ sports in the country? Felix Zonke