Arifonso Zvenyika Pleads For Aid

A visit to Zvenyika’s boxing centre at Mbare’s Stoddart Hall in Harare revealed a very large training room with only two sets of tattered gloves and no other training facilities.

Zvenyika says he is seeking for assistance to set up a gym that will have up to date training facilities for him to build new Africa champions who will one day conquer the world.

Zvenyika holds a promoter and trainer’s license and says he already has three Zimbabwean champions under his stable despite the limited resources.

All in all, Zvenyika has 16 boxers under his stable including four females. All the 16 boxers take turns to share the old set of gloves which the centre can only boasts off.

The training room has been provided for free by the City of Harare.

He says he has approached a number of companies without success adding that boxing was losing sponsorship to other sporting association because of the belief that it was a sport for hooligans.

The former Commonwealth and Africa Zone Six champion described boxing as being in a state of coma saying the sport desperately needs funding if it is to rise again to the good old days when Zimbabwe had more than two Africa champions at one time.

Soon after independence Zimbabwe was one of the best boxing nations in Africa with Langton ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago winning the Commonwealth title on three occasions for that matter in different weight divisions while Proud Kilimanjaro Chinembiri, and Stix McLoud held All Africa titles.

Zvenyika says those days can still be revived if there was investment in the sport adding that the government also needs to play a role in financing sport if Zimbabwe was to achieve international sporting glory.