DEFENDING national rally champion Muna Singh Jnr says he is targeting to collect enough points during the second round of the 2016 African Rally Championship (ARC) to keep Zambia’s hopes alive of winning the title.
Speaking during the launch of the 2016 ARC at National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) yesterday, Zambian representatives Muna Jr and Ismail Ibrahim expressed confidence of a good performance.
Navigated by his sister Jasmeen Singh, Muna said he had prepared well for the championship set for April 22 to 24 in South Africa.
“My target in South Africa is to collect enough points to keep Zambia’s chances of winning the title. I expect tough competition but I still have the belief of putting up a good performance,” he said.
He commended NSCZ for their continued support towards the sport which gives drivers the morale to fight harder.
“I am encouraged by the support from NSCZ and other stakeholders. This gives me the urge to lift Zambia’s flag higher because I know I have the support of everyone back home,” he said.
Ibrahim said he will work hard to finish among the top three drivers in his class B.
“The target is to finish the race with good points in my class. It will be a learning experience but I am ready to put up a good show,” he said.
Meanwhile, NSCZ chairman Mwamba Kalenga challenged the duo to give Zambia an honourable representation.
“You are going there to represent Zambia and make sure you fly the flag high. We have confidence you can do us proud. I advise the drivers not to lose focus as Zambia awaits another title,” Kalenga.
He praised Zambia Motor Sport Association (ZMSA) for implementing good governance which has led to recording 17 ARC titles.
“This is one association that has not given the council problems. We have never heard of wrangles which shows there was a spirit of co-existence among its members. I hope other associations can emulate ZMSA,” he said.