HARARE – Former WBC Silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi is hoping to unearth the next gem and help boxing develop in the country after officially launching his academy yesterday.
The Charles Manyuchi Sports Academy will be a multi-purpose sporting facility and is being constructed on 4,5 hectares of land donated to him by the Chivhu Town Council after he successfully defended his WBC title in 2015.
Construction of the facility has already started and the academy wasted no time and signed up eight upcoming sports persons from various disciplines which include five-a-side soccer, volleyball, basketball and boxing during the launch ceremony.
Future Maziya, Hassan Milanzi, Aliyah Phiri, Mellissa Matanhire, Caroline Dube, Brandon Dennis, Tinashe Majoni and Evans Husavihwevhu were the athletes who penned contracts with the academy.
The project — which is being funded by Mr T35, Prime View Land Developers and Phil-Jen Country Lodges — will have a state-of-the-art boxing gym whose equipment is already in the country and ready for use.
Zimbabwe Boxing Board representative Patrick Mukondiwa lauded Manyuchi for remembering his roots by giving back to the community.
“Manyuchi is based in Zambia due to circumstances but he has not forgotten his roots. This deed will bring attention to the sport of boxing,” said Mukondiwa.
Prominent boxing trainer Ali “Otto” Phiri will be the chief trainer for boxers while the Board of Trustees for the academy comprises Manyuchi, Prosper Muzamhindo of CBZ Bank Chivhu branch, Prosper Chibaya, Sheron Marombedze, Loveness Hlola, Lackson Mutara, Sharon Chibaya and Pardon Mudzimu.
Zimbabwe Boxing Federation president Jim Mpalale was full of praise for Manyuchi.
“He has answered some of the questions that we have always asked. We have always clamoured for boxing facilities and he (Manyuchi) has provided one,” said Mpalale.