FEMALE boxer Esther Phiri has advised athletes headed to the All-Africa Games to remain disciplined and focused if they are to win medals for Zambia.
Esther said this yesterday during a donation of 35 25kilogramme bags of mealie meal worth K2,800 to the athletes camped at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.
She told the athletes that they needed to be humble and determined to score successes in life.
“You need to know your goals when you are going for a tournament. Have a big heart for your country and always listen to your coaches. Do not be swayed by what you will find in Congo, focus on your goal of winning a medal,”Esther said.
She appealed to the director of Sports Bessy Chelemu to ensure that the female athletes are provided with essential needs.
“Our ladies sometime fail to perform because they lack essential needs such as lotion and sanitary towels. They do not need to go through the embarrassment of asking for lotion from their opponents. Motivate the ladies and they will surely deliver,” Esther said.
Superior Milling managing director Peter Cottan said they felt obliged to partner with Exodus stable to support the athletes by donating bags of mealie meal.
“We understand that it takes a lot of resources to send an adequately prepared athlete. It is not Government’s responsibility to prepare an athlete but it includes the private sector. I believe in determination, anyone can aspire to be a medal winner, and you can do it,” he said.
Chelemu commended Exodus Boxing Stable and Superior Milling for assisting the athletes prepare adequately.
She challenged the athletes to reciprocate the good gesture by minting medals at the tournament.
“I am happy that we have partners willing to help government achieve its goal of sending well equipped athletes. I urge you athletes not to lose focus but to work harder,” she said.
The AAG will run from September 4 to 19 in Congo-Brazzaville.
Zambia will only be represented in six events, athletics, judo, swimming, boxing, handball and paralympics.
From the 58 member delegation, their are 10 judokas, 16 handballers (female), eight boxers, six swimmers, four paralympians and 14 runners.