Ex-Athletics coach backs Matete’s ZAA presidential bid
Time Posted: March 18, 2014 5:49 am
Retired athletics coach Charles Lupiya has supported Samuel Matete’s candidature for the Zambia Athletics Association presidency.
Ex-World 400 meters hurdles champion and 1996 Olympic silver medallist, Matete, on Saturday announced that he will challenge long serving incumbent ZAA president Elias Mpondela at the elective general meeting to be held in December.
Lupiya said Matete ,whom he indentified in the 1980s in Kitwe, has passion for athletics.
“It is a very progressive development. Most of the Zambians expected that one day there will come some body to challenge for the ZAA presidency,” he said.
“It is important to have passion for athletics like Samuel, if he is given the opportunity by the people to run ZAA, Samuel is a fighter,” Lupiya said.
He added:” I expect delegates to the annuel general meeting to give Samuel a chance to run athletics.”
Meanwhile, ZAA on Saturday revealed that its 2014 general meet will take place in December.