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.

AIBA year of Africa boxing road shows

Over 500 people will witness and be part of the “2017 AIBA Year of Africa” boxing road show launch to take place at the Olympic Youth Development Centre on Friday 14 July.

The AIBA truck which has a boxing ring arrived at the OYDC on Monday and tour five sites including schools, community sports grounds and shopping malls from Saturday 15th July to Tuesday 18th July when the truck will leave for South Africa as it ends its tour of the African continent.

Local boxing ambassadors will be present to showcase their skills to athletes and those who will witness the boxing road shows.


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.

University of St Andrews will award Clement Mubanga Chileshe the Honorary Degree of LLD (Doctor of Laws)

A report published by  Saint Sports has revealed that Clement Chileshe  the Director for the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia will this afternoon be awarded with the honorary Degree of LLD (Doctor of Laws).

He is also the founder and president of the Wallace Group‘s premier partner in Zambia Sport In Action (SIA), the first and largest sport NGO in Zambia; SIA has engaged over 100,000 young people in schools and communities and helped to build over 15 sport facilities in schools and community centres. His career has been dedicated to young people’s sport and positive lifestyle development.

For over ten years, the 7 Wallace Group Universities have been sending specialist sports and media students out to Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) to work with local volunteers, delivering school PE lessons, community sports programmes and health awareness workshops within the deprived areas of the city’s compounds.

The #VolunteerZambia project offers students the opportunity to add value to their University education, enhance their global awareness, develop their leadership skills and improve their teaching abilities.

The ceremony will be live via the link below from 2pm.

To watch the ceremony watch on this link 

Content courtesy of Saint Sports

Teulings hockey attract hundreds of teams

Hockey is one of the sports discipline at the OYDC which attracts more youths from communities surrounding the sports facility.

Today players turned up in numbers to take up in the Teulings Hockey league.

Zambezi, HotSpurs, Lusaka Sharks and DE. Stars are some of the teams that took part in the weekend Teulings Games at the OYDC.

Photos by Noah Silomba | OYDC

Refugee day commemorated

Cultural dance

Zambia yesterday joined rest of the world to commemorate the world refugee day. A number of sport and non sport activities were conducted at the OYDC organised by the UNHCR.

A number of refugees from Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and Somalia thronged the OYDC to participate in the lined up activities.