Manyuchi won't change nationality

HARARE - Boxer Charles Manyuchi says he is losing hope of ever receiving any recognition from Zimbabwe but says even against such a background he will not accept a Zambian honorary citizenship.

Manyuchi’s successfully defended his WBC International welterweight title last week against Columbian David Caceres in Lusaka, Zambia.

After the Zimbabwean’s heroics, Zambia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili said “government is ready to offer Manyuchi a national citizenship if he wishes.”

The Zimbabwean national, who lives in Masvingo, plies his boxing trade under Zambia’s Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions OQBP.

“When you are loved in another place, more than you are in your own home, where do you call home?” Manyuchi questioned yesterday.

Since rising to prominence by winning the ABU along with the WBC titles, Manyuchi has been promised a number of things by the Zimbabwean Sports Minister Andrew Langa but none have come to pass.

“Not even one day. I just keep on saying may be zvichaita (it will happen). But so far there has been nothing,” he said.

“When I thought it would happen nothing happened. So the hope is no longer there.”

Manyuchi says his preparations for the defence of his title were not smooth sailing.

“In preparing for the WBC fight, I came across a lot of challenges that include training. Training equipment and a gym were a problem.”

Manyuchi occasionally trained at Raylton Sports Club gym whilst finding a suitable sparring partner of his weight category also proved a difficult task.

“At Raylton Sports Club there is only one training bag. In Masvingo where I am based there is not even a gym. But I managed to defend my title,” he said.

“I only managed to defend my title because Zambia provided me with equipment and a gym, that’s how I was able to achieve this.”

On the Zambian citizenship offer, Manyuchi said: “I can’t take that citizenship, I am a Zimbabwean. I can’t change that. But I admit it was a good offer.”

Comments (1)

You have to get a trainer who is a Weevil mate.

The Cleaner - 4 December 2014

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