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NOCZ PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT ON THE DEATH SPORTS ADMINISTRATORS ANTHONY MWAMBA AND THOMAS MUMBA


Mwamba

On behalf of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) Executive

Board, I extend sincere heartfelt condolences to the Zambia Hockey

Association, the Exodus Boxing Promotions and the families of Zambia Hockey

General Secretary Mr. Thomas Mumba and Exodus Boxing Stables Promoter

Anthony Mwamba.


It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Mr. Mumba in

afternoon hours of Tuesday 19 January 2021.


Mr. Mumba was a devoted Coach and a Father figure who loved working with

Athletes in various Hockey National Team Age Groups.


From the time Mr. Mumba joined the Zambia Hockey Board, he worked closely

with NOCZ on various activities and programmes. The last being the Anti-

Doping and Manipulation of Competition Policy Workshop which was held on

19 December 2020.


He was known for the commitment he exhibited to see his beloved sport hockey

develop to a level with international standards.


Other than just his service to hockey, he was a committed sports administrator

who was passionate about the development of Sport in Zambia.

Mumba

It is very shocking that before we completely wrapped our heads around the death of Mr. Mumba, we received more sad news, this time being the death of Olympian and boxing promoter Mr. Anthony Mwamba.


Mr. Mwamba passed on in the early hours of today at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital.


Mr. Mwamba who was best known for pioneering the growth of women boxing in Zambia, represented the country at various international competitions

including competing in the men's light welterweight event at the 1988 Summer

Olympics Seoul, South Korea.


He won a bronze medal in the welterweight (67 kg) division at the 1990

Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand.


After his impressive boxing career, he ventured into boxing promotions/coaching and started the Exodus Stables Boxing club in 2003 where he worked with various young promising talents and helped them excel to their fullest potential.


It has to be noted that, one of the Zambian Boxers Patrick Chiyemba who has

qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games comes from the Exodus Boxing

Stables.


Mr. Mwamba's nickname was 'Preacherman', and he said his plan when starting

Exodus Stables was to preach the Gospel to boxers.


Personally I will remember Preacherman for the empathy he had for former

Athletes.


He was a great person with remarkable qualities and he will surely be

remembered among acquaintances and friends.


The sports fraternity in Zambia has lost two great sports leader!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zambia Hockey Association, Exodus

Boxing Stables families and friends during this difficult time.


In this regard, NOCZ would like to join, not just the sports fraternity but the rest

of the country in celebrating the lives of Mr. Mumba and Mr. Mwamba.


Our prayer is that God may strengthen their families in this trying period.


For and on behalf of the NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF ZAMBIA (NOCZ)


Alfred Foloko

President

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