DESPITE serving two terms at the helm of the embattled Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF), incumbent president Thomas Chileshe is not ready to step down and has maintained that he would re-contest his post when the Federation goes to the polls on February 27 in Kabwe.
Chileshe has however said that in the spirit of democracy, he will not make his intentions public until other contestants come on board and declare their willingness to challenge him.
“I am in the system already and I will wait until others announce their willingness to challenge me before I go public. It is too early for me to come out in the open because I am already in the system. I will give others the chance to announce their plans” he said.
Chileshe first served as president from 2002 to 2006 and later bounced back in 2012 to date and says he still has a lot to give to enhance boxing in the country.
He confirmed that the internal squabbles that have affected the federation of late have been ironed out and prayed that the positive steps taken to steer the federation out of its own created conflicts would hold.
“The squabbles almost derailed our programmes but all parties have agreed to march on in harmony and this has now seen our boxers reporting for camp at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) to prepare for the Rio 2016 Africa qualifier championship slated for Cameroun in March.
“The boxers have reported for camp at OYDC and we have capable coaches taking them through the paces. We hope they will enhance their chances of qualifying to Rio 2016 by winning medals in Cameroun” he said.
He said the internal squabbles that even affected the coaching staff has necessitated for the appointment of experienced Gibson Kasonde as head coach and he will be assisted by Jonathan Mwila and Maybin Gunduzani.
“We have assembled a strong technical team capable of bringing the best out of the Cameroun bound team. The boxers will remain in camp until the end of February” Chileshe said.
The Midlands Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) was one of the affiliates that had petitioned the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) to have Chileshe removed.