Former President Rupiah Banda has advised boxer Catherine Phiri to go for an outright victory in today’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 tomorrow.
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 today.
Catherine is today fighting Leslie Domingo a Filipino boxer who is aiming for a knock out in an effort to grab the title.
Domingo who is well known for her knock out punches said told Journalists on Thursday that she was aiming for the knockout in order to have an outright victory.
The Filipino boxer has a record of five fights with four victories in which three were by knockouts and one draw while the Zambian boxer has only one knockout victory from her five fights.
Catherine became WPBF champion after beating Forget in October last year.
And commenting on the Chipolopolo boys, 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.
Zambia tops group D with six points after FIFA stripped Sudan the three points after featuring ineligible player in their side in which Zambia lost two nil.
Sudan and Lesotho share a point each while Ghana occupies the second slot in the group.
Team Chipolopolo will host Sudan and Lesotho on June 7 and 14 respectively at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium before an away game in Ghana in September.