NATIONAL boxing team coach Kennedy Kanyanta has drafted bantamweight Emmanuel Ngoma into the squad that will compete at the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) six-nation tournament in Maputo.
Ngoma has replaced another bantamweight Russel Mwamba, who has been dropped due to lack of commitment.
The tournament in Maputo will run from July 11 to 13.
“We have dropped Mwamba from the national team because he does not show up for national events. We held a tournament in Kasempa in North-Western Province. He did not show up and he did the same during the Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) boxing tournament,” said Kanyanta in an interview from Kitwe yesterday.
He said there is need to take preparations for the 2015 Congo Brazzaville All-Africa Games seriously.
The team is expected to leave for Maputo today.
Kanyanta also expressed disappointment with the performance of light flyweight Bwalya Lumbwe during the ZITF tournament in Ndola.
“Lumbwe is a veteran boxer, we expected him to perform well. We have benched him for now, we have not dropped him completely, we want him to reflect on what happened. He is still part of us,” he said.
Lumbwe was beaten by David Mwale of Oriental Quarries on unanimous points in a three round-bout.
“We expect boxers to show commitment and seriousness as we continue to prepare for the All-Africa Games,” Kanytanta said.
He named other boxers travelling to Maputo as Caristo Bwalya (flyweight), Nkumbu Silungwe (lightweight), Charles Lumbwe (light welterweight), Chilufya Chikwanda (welterweight), Ben Muziyo (middleweight) and Peter Mukenuka (light heavyweight) and Mbachi Kaonga (welterweight).
Juliana Kasonka (flyweight) and Hilda Ng’andwe (light flyweight) are the female boxers in the team.