ZABF picks boxing crack squad for Youth Olympic Games


THE Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF) has picked a provisional 21-member squad for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games qualifiers.
ZABF president Thomas Chileshe said the federation would subject the boxers to some rigourous training programme when they get into camp next weekend.
Chileshe said in Kitwe yesterday that ZABF was targeting to reap maximum medals from the second Youth Olympics.
He said after intensive training, the squad would be trimmed with six for Nanjing Youth Olympics in China.
ZABF selected 15 male and six female boxers in the under-20 squad.
The under 20 men’s team has Alfred  Muwowo, Nkumbu Silungwe and Emannuel Ngoma from Oriental Quarries with Lusaka City Council contributing Kelvin Mubanga, and Peter Ngoma while Simon Kalumba and Lackson Zulu are from Ndola City Council (NCC).
Also in the provisional squad are Zambia National Services’ (ZNS) Timothy Chiyesu, Darlington Silwamba of Genesis, Red Arrows’ Nene Maonga, and the Green Buffaloes duo of Simoya  Chishimbe and Rabson Tembo.
The rest are Mufulira’s Burton Mukonka, John Chimenge of Mazabuka and Aaron Kalumbwa from Mikomfwa.
In women’s team are the Mikomfwa duo of Mary Bwalya and Fridah Katanga, Barbara Banda from Oriental, Kalewa’s Chakacha Mbumbo, Juliana Kasonka of Arrows and NCC’s Mary Musole.
The Under-20 men’s team will be drilled by Maybin Gunduzani and Jonathan Mwila while Musonda Chinungu and Richard Banda will take charge of the women’s squad.
ZABF is also targeting gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 12 years after now national coach, Kennedy Kanyanta achieved that feat in Manchester, England.
The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to August 3, in the Scottish city of Glasgow while the Nanjing Youth Olympics are slated for August 16-28.