Win medals, Fairy Bottling CEO urges Zambian boxers

Fairy Bottling Chief Executive Officer Mohamed El Sahili, has urged the two Zambian Boxers Mbachi Kaonga and Nkumbu Silungwe who recently qualified for the 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championship in Hamburg, Germany to return home with medals.

Speaking when he presented air tickets valued at K50, 000 to the Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) at his office on Friday 18th August, 2017 Sahili, disclosed that it was part of his company’s social corporate responsibility to support the boxers knowing that they recently performed well during the 2017 African Championship recently hosted in Congo Brazzaville.

Sahili, said his company which is the makers of Aqua savanna Mineral water is considering a long term partnership with the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) to contribute to the enhancement of performance by the top athletes.

“What encouraged us to support these two champions is the fact that they have done very well. And they just needed support to go to Hamburg. We believe that there are already stars by what they achieved at the African Championships. The only thing that I am asking for from our two boxers is that at least one of them brings a medal back home” he said.

And Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) President Kennedy Mubita, said he was enthralled with the sponsorship which Fairy Bottling has done to his association through the support of the purchase of air tickets for the boxers and coaches. He appealed to other companies to emulate what Fairy Bottling has done adding that this will be the only way to motivate boxers to be focused and mint medals.

“When the OYDC director called me that he had found someone willing to support us I was happy. I am so grateful to Fairy Bottling, it was going to be sad if we had failed to send our boxers to the World Championship. My word to the boxers will be let them concentrate as the championship will be competitive in Hamburg”, Mubita said.

Meanwhile, Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Director Clement Chileshe, says the Centre remains committed to support and develop athletes by camping them at the Multi -Sports facility before competition.

Chileshe, said it has been painful to see athletes train and fail to travel for competitions due to inadequate resources hence denying them important international competition exposure and competitive platforms.

He said what Fairy Bottling has done is commendable and should encourage others to support athletes stating that it will also increase the number of medals being minted.

“We are hopeful that this kind of support from Fairy Bottling, NOCZ, Government and other stakeholders , the country will continue to be on its rise towards international sports performances and see that more medals are brought back home” Chileshe said.

The two Zambian Boxers qualified for the World Championship after participating in the AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championship in Congo, Brazzaville.

And Mbachi Kaonga, a boxer thanked Fairy Bottling for the tickets and assured the sponsor that he will work hard to bring honors to the country.

Their camping at the Olympic Youth Development Centre has been supported by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development through the Podium Performance Programme and the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

OYDC participates in the 2017 Agricultural and commercial show

The Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) is participating in this year’s 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show taking place at the Show Grounds in Lusaka.
This year’s theme is “Promoting a Green Economy”.
Come and visit our stand in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development building to know more about our facilities, programmes, conferencing services, wellness sessions, Gym, Swimming, Lodge and Catering Services.
Our staff will welcome you to our stand. 

Beach Volleyball coordinator seeks to recruit more players

Beach Volleyball is one of the sports discipline at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) which is taking center stage.

From the time it was introduced, a number of players are participating in the Teulings Beach Volleyball league games.

Last Saturday a total of 16 players were competing of which (8) were boys and (8) girls.

Teulings Beach Volleyball coordinator Isaac Tembo, says he wants to recruit more players to be part of the beach volleyball games at the OYDC adding that the beach volleyball court at the OYDC is a first of its kind in Zambia which should be utilised.

He has called on parents to allow their children to take up the sport if the country is to produce good beach volleyball players in the future.

Teulings tennis coach Phakati impressed

Teulings Tennis coach Ravai Phakati, says there is great potential in the tennis players who are currently taking part in the Teulings Tennis League being staged at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Phakati, says the talent being exhibited by the boys and girls should make them be considered to join the senior teams in the country for competitive games.

He disclosed that currently the players are utilising the Teulings Tennis league adding that more games by the Zambia Tennis Association should be organised if the sport was to improve in the country.

Meanwhile, a tennis player Stella Njobvu, who competes in the Teulings League at the OYDC says it is gratifying that the Teulings Sponsorship is reaching out to many athletes in different sports disciplines at the OYDC.

Njobvu, says it is through the Teulings league games that she managed to compete with other tennis players who she feels have more skills in tennis.

The Teulings project has helped positively change people’s lives and hugely contributed to the formation of youth leagues that have given a lot of youth the opportunity to participate in organised and competitive sport.

The Teulings Youth Sports Challenge has four sports disciplines; Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Tennis and Hockey.

Zambian boxers experience 2017 AIBA Year of Africa truck

Boxers size each other. Photo by Noah Silomba

Acting Youth, Sport and Child Development minister Vincent Mwale, was on 14 July, 2017 at the OYDC to officially launch the 2017 AIBA Year of Africa and GloveUps programme.



The minister expressed happiness that AIBA chose Zambia to host the programme which he said would equip coaches, judges, and referees with boxing skills.

The minister who was accompanied by permanent secretary in the ministry of Sport Agnes Musunga, also took time to tour the AIBA truck.



And AIBA Year of Africa Project Manager, Jean Jerome Perrin-Mortier, said Zambia has the potential to showcase boxing skills.

ZBF President Kennedy Mubita, explaining to the minister on displayed information on the truck. Photo by Noah Silomba





He added that the programme was tailored to the grass-roots engagement of future boxers, coaches, ITOs/NTOs, R&Js and National Federation staff.

Meanwhile, Zambia Boxing Federation, President Kenneday Mubita, said it was gratifying and motivating that the truck touched the Zambia soil which also helped the federation to raise the boxing standards in the country.



Boxers pose for a photo in the ring. Photo by Noah Silomba


And Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Director Clement Chileshe, says the Centre will continue to work with AIBA and ZBF  to improve boxing standards in the country adding that he wants to see more boxers mint gold at competitive tournaments.

IHF-Coaching Course (D/C-Level) underway in Lusaka

Over ten coaches selected from different parts of the country are taking part in the IHF-Coaching Course (D/C-Level) taking part at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

The course will run from 5 to 10 July, 2017.

During the course participants will be introduced to different handball skills.

Zambia commemorates #OlympicDay

The Olympic Youth Development Centre (#OYDC) was on 1st July, 2017 hive of activities as children from all walks of life thronged the sports facility to participate in the Olympic Day celebrations.

The celebrations were graced by officials from the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development, National Olympic Academy, National Olympic Committee of Zambia and the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

The children who were present were thrilled with the OYDC judokas who showcased their sport skills living the audience mesmerized as they insisted to catch a glimpse of more action.

Other activities which took place include hockey, football and volleyball games.

The Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values and participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.


Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide by millions of people. In Zambia, it brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the Olympic Games and the Olympic Values at various venues including the state of art facility, the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

St Andrews University awards Clement Chileshe with honorary doctorate degree of LLD Doctor of Laws

The University of St Andrews on Wednesday 21st June, 2017 awarded Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Director Clement Chileshe, with an honorary Degree of LLD (Doctors of Laws).   Chileshe, is also the founder and president of Sport in Action (SIA), the first and largest sport NGO in Zambia; SIA has engaged over 100,000 young […]

19 boxers camped at OYDC ahead of African Championship

A total of 19 boxers are camped at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) ahead of the African Championship to be held in Congo Brazzaville from 27th May to 4th June, 2017.

Out of the 19 boxers, 12 are male while 7 are female. The boxers are camped together with 5 technical officials who will accompany them for the African Championship. The camp is supported by the Ministry of Sport Podium Performance Programme (PPP) which is meant to support performance athletes to mint medals for the country at a given competition local regional and international.

Pugilists who will perform better at the Championship will subsequently qualify for the 2017 AIBA world championship.
Zambia’s representative at the 2016 RIO Olympic Games Benny Muziyo, is among the boxers who are in camp.

The International Boxing Association- AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu, recently announced that 2017 is the year of Africa and AIBA has targeted OYDC as the Centre for capacity building of African coaches, boxers and officials.

AIBA in partnership with TaiShan Sports has in the last few years supported the development of boxing at the OYDC and the nation at large by contributing the state of the art boxing ring and boxing gloves.

Meanwhile, IET Bhaddal Technical Campus an Indian School on Sunday night 7th May, 2017 presented soft drinks to the boxers in camp to help them be reinvigorated after training sessions.

School deputy director for International Admissions and Marketing Pankaj Kajla, urged the boxers to be focused and ensure that they mint gold at the forthcoming championship.

Kajla, announced that his school is also willing to give 100% scholarship to Zambian boxers who would want to advance their studies in India.

Meanwhile, Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) President Kennedy Mubita, thanked IET Bhaddal Technical Campus for presenting the assorted drinks to his boxers.
He appealed to the corporate world to emulate the Indian school and consider supporting athletes in camp stating that this will be the only way to motivate boxers to concentrate on training and end up bringing medals back home.

Since inception, the OYDC has continued to house a number of athletes at its lodge as they prepare adequately for both local and international Games.

Five countries compete in regional revenue tournament

Five countries are competing in the 2017 regional revenue tournament taking place at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka, Zambia.

The countries Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia the host are competing in netball, football, volleyball, basketball and Darts.

Teams participating have been drawn from respective revenue companies.

The OYDC usually plays host to different local and international games as the facilities have been rated to be favorable to all.