Monday, December 15, 2003
NSCZ, BBC officials’ failure to attend Feruka burial irks boxing fan
By Sports Reporter
A NDOLA boxing fan Francis Bwalya is disappointed with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) and Boxing Board of Control (BBC) for having failed to attend the burial of boxing idol Timothy ‘Tim Tiger’ Feruka.
Bwalya registered his disappointment in Ndola yesterday saying Feruka was a hero and that these two sports bodies should have attended his burial in order to show appreciation for what he had done for this country.
“I am so disappointed with the BBC, NSCZ and the ministry of Sports officials for their failure to attend the burial of the late boxer who could only be compared to Charm ‘Shuffle’ Chiteule because of his skill,” Bwalya said.
He said it was so sad that the man who made the Zambians smile 30 years ago was buried unceremoniously.
“It is so disheartening to see a man who made the Zambians smile when he brought home the gold medals was buried unceremoniously,”
“Even the family I feel were also disappointed as there was no Government official at the time of the burial,” Bwalya said.
He wondered how up-coming sportsmen and women would be motivated to represent Zambia when their heroes were buried without any recognition.
Feruka died on Monday last week and was buried on Thursday without officials from BBC and SCZ.
Feruka was the first Zambian to win a gold medal during the All-Africa Games in 1973 and also added another medal during the Afro-Asian Games in Mexico.
He retired as an amateur in 1976 following health problems and started coaching.
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