By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
HARARE-Ottis Manyuchi, father to Charles Manyuchi who recently successfully defended his World Boxing Council welterweight crown in Italy attacked the local boxing governing board of ineptitude.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital, the former boxer who trains in Zimbabwe had no kind words for the Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control (ZBBC).
“While I can celebrate my son’s victory I have a bone to chew with the boxing board for their failure to fulfil their mandate of supporting boxers.
“The board only springs into life when victory has been achieved like in this instance,” said the fuming boxer’s father.
Senior Manyuchi also went on to say he disclosed the disturbing revelations to President Robert Mugabe when they met at his Munhumutapa Offices during a courtesy call that was also witnessed by cabinet ministers with the state president promising to address the issue.
“I told the President about my disappointment at the boxing governing board and he also expressed dismay, promising to ensure that the issue will be looked at.
“He seems to be sincere about it as witnessed by his promise to host a luncheon for us,” added Manyuchi’s father.
Speaking on the seizure of Manyuchi’s trophy by ZIMRA, the champion’s father said the embarrassing event could have been avoided if the ZBBC had been involved.
“The incident where my son had his trophy temporarily confiscated by ZIMRA would have been avoided if the protocol was handled by the boxing board,” he lashed.
The boxer’s manager Christopher Malunga also added that the event was so sad that while Manyuchi’ s victory was being celebrated outside, the reception at ZIMRA was deplorable.
“With the way people were celebrating as we were coming back from Italy what we witnessed from ZIMRA its sad and my boxer has to actually surrender his passport for us to take back the trophy.
“Something will be done to ensure such event will not occur again,” said an agitated Malunga.
Mau Mau, a local boxing promoter-cum politician said the dearth of boxing in Zimbabwe was a result of the economic meltdown and also heaped praises at the Zambian Oriental Quarries boxing promotions for helping Manyuchi build his boxing career.
“Boxing in Zimbabwe is not dead but it is the economic meltdown that has seen the corporate world not willing to pour in money.
“I thank you Oriental for making Manyuchi a professional boxer,”said the boxing promoter-cum-politician.
Meanwhile, Manyuchi was handed over a car,a Nissan Elgrand by a local company.
Handing over the car, Mr T-35 company representative Zivanai Muwashu said the company found it befitting to give Manyuchi a car for his travelling to be easy.
“We are proud to give Manyuchi this vehicle as our way of supporting like we have always been doing with him by providing accommodation expenses when he holds fights in Zambia and even during the last fight we supported him.
Manyuchi who has won many accolades apart from the recent World Boxing Council welterweight bronze crown, is holder of the African Boxing Council welterweight crown and is setting his eyes on the WBC silver crown.