... as Munetsi quits boxing board

HARARE - Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control (ZNBBC) secretary Gilbert Munetsi yesterday tendered in his resignation after growing frustrated by the a lack of commitment from the Ministry of Sport.

Munesti came close to calling Spots Minister Andrew Langa “incompetent” saying his failure to honour WBC International welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi was testimony to this. 

Manyuchi has continued to find favour and praise in Zambia following the defence of his WBC International welterweight two weeks ago against Colombia’s David Caceres.

Sadly he has failed to find the same recognition in his home country.

“I don’t see any purpose I am serving on this board except to write press releases to inform people of what is happening and to take minutes for board meetings. That’s it. So I think I can divert my attention elsewhere,” Munetsi said.

“It drives me to be become so emotional. I have travelled with Manyuchi to Zambia and I see the popularity this guy has there.

“And I question myself how somebody can go to Brazil to watch a soccer match where Zimbabwe is not participating but fails to go to Zambia. We are not serious. 

“We are talking of a guy who is the only African among the top 40 in the world. The only African! Go on the website it’s a Zimbabwe flag in the top 40.

The scribe-turned boxing administrator added: “For boxing (in Zimbabwe) I don’t know what the future holds, it’s unfortunate. How can you function without resources?

“We don’t have resources, not even a cent. Our term is almost coming to an end now there has been nothing.

“Our offices are at home. Imagine this, the World Boxing Council needs clearance for Manyuchi to fight but that clearance is written from home.

“You are telling me the ministry doesn’t have offices elsewhere where they can say you can make use of this room.

“We submit our budgets every year, specifying what we need for the secretariat but nothing has been coming through; not even an acknowledgement to say we have received your request.”

Munetsi together with the Paul Nenjerama board were appointed into the ZNBBC structures by former sports Minister David Coltart back in January 2012.

Comments (1)

I totally understand his frustration. Manyuchi should be recognised by the sports ministry and strongly supported.However resigning won't resolve the issue. Munetsi should not jump ship,but rather stay on board and keep lobbying for change. Something will give at some point!

Miss Jones - 2 December 2014

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