BY GODFREY DUBE –
THE Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) has named 2015 All-Africa Games (AAG) quarterfinalists Julian Kasonka into a provisional national under-20 team that will fight the Zambia under-20 B side at the Trade Fair in Ndola.
Releasing the names yesterday, Zambia under-20 boxing coach John ‘The Hammer’ Chibuta said that the Zambia A team will have fights against the B side as a way of getting ready for upcoming tournaments.
The Zambia under-20 will be taking part in the Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region-Five under-20 games in Angola this December.
Chibuta explained that the Ndola tournament will have four female fights in Kasonka and Ireen Musonda, both flyweights together with Mary Bwalya and Hilda Ng’andwe, both lightweight.
In the boys’ category, Chibuta has named Ben Banda (light-flyweight), David Mwale and Evaristo Mulenga (flyweights), Aaron Kalumbwa (bantamweight) together with Lackson Zulu and Rodwell Ngulube as the lightweights.
In a strong looking B side, Chibuta named Nyambe Sianga, a flyweight as well as a tough Simon Ngoma a bantamweight from Exodus as well as former Zambia under-20 captain Charles Lumbwe.
Also in the B side is AUSC Region Five gold medalist from two year ago Nkumbu Silungwe who will be joined in the team by Lawrence Mukuta and Patrick Mwape.
And Green Buffaloes female boxer Sali Mumba kept up with her impressive performance and at the weekend added one more win to her record by defeating a tenacious Violet Phiri from Exodus.
In the Midlands amateur Boxing Association (Maba) league tournament held in Matero, Mumba took a split points decision off Phiri after a tightly contest affair but she did not care as what mattered was she was winner.
That was the only female bout held as most failed to turn up.
In the make category, Simon Masumba from Njobvu boxing stable took a unanimous points’ decision win off Godwin Mwansa but also left his opponent with a bloody face after opening up a cut in an exciting light-flyweight bout.
Others joining Masumba in winning by a unanimous points decision were Isaac Chansa from Exodus boxing stable who defeated Bruce Kazewa from Green Buffaloes boxing, also leaving the vanquished with a cut above the right eye in the third round.
Sydney Bwalya beat Gerald Mundawami from Youth Empowerment in another light-flyweight category by a unanimous points’ decision while Allan Shilwizya from Olympiafrica battering Melvis Tembo from Rising Hope in the featherweight category.