ZAMBIA Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president Elias Mpondela should not be disturbed by non-members who want to destroy his vision for athletics, says the Central Amateur Athletics Area Board (CAAAB).
CAAAB general secretary Prosper Tandabala said the area board was not impressed with the manner with which some people tried to disrupt the non-elective annual general meeting held on Saturday when they were not in good standing with the mother body.
“We are not happy with the manner some people who are not members tried to disrupt the meeting. It is a well-known fact that only those members in good standing with the association can attend the AGM. CAAAB is happy with Mpondela’s leadership . Non-members should desist from disturbing his vision,” he said. Tandabala commended the Mpondela-led executive for their good work and stated that the area board will continue rendering the needed support to take athletics to a higher level.
He said Zambia can now boast of being in the medal bracket because of the leadership that has a passion for athletics.
The ZAAA ‘faction’ leader Samuel Matete and his supporters were barred from attending the non-elective annual general meeting (AGM) which resulted into confusion.
Meanwhile, Mpondela said the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) High Performance Youth Training Centre hosted at Lusaka’s Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) was named second to Nigeria in terms of performance.
“At the Addis Ababa congress, we made a presentation on the High Performance Centre and Zambia was named second to Nigeria in terms of performance.
“The presentation was well received and commitments have been made to fund both the High Performance Centre and the Kids Athletics programme for the 2015 calendar,” he said.
He revealed that both the Southern Region and CAA had adopted his candidature to stand for position of the council Member of the IAAF during the August elections in China.