Rupiah Banda urges Catherine to win tomorrows fight

Rupiah Banda
Rupiah Banda
 Former Republican Rupiah Banda has advised female boxing sensation Catherine Phiri to go for an outright victory in tomorrow’s defence of her World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) bantamweight belt against Leslie Domingo of the Philippines.

Mr. Banda says victory for Catherine would serve as a fitting appetiser for the Zambia national soccer team as they take on Lesotho in a Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday.


He believes that judging from Catherine’s performance in her last international fight against Canada’s Nathalie Forget in October last year, the Zambian pugilist possesses enough skills to defend her title tomorrow.

ZANIS Sports reports that Mr. Banda said this in a statement released in Lusaka, today and signed by his Acting Deputy Administrative Secretary Kennedy Limwanya.


On the Chipolopolos, the former head of State has urged the squad to put behind the disappointment of their failure to defend the 2012 African Cup of Nations title by ensuring that they get a comfortable result in the away tie against Lesotho.


President Banda says despite the early exit from the 2013 Africa Cup, Zambia can still go all the way and qualify to her maiden World Cup appearance, adding that recent African football results have shown that anything was possible for any team that had a positive attitude.


The retired President is an ardent sports administrator and once served as Football Association of Zambia vice-president and was involved in the sports management team that oversaw Zambia’s golden era of professional boxing in the 1980s.