Manyuchi should mo­ti­vate box­ing in­vest­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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