Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) failed to meet the National Professional Boxing Committee (NPBC) on Wednesday as per Sports Council’s recommendation.
Maba vice-president Henry Sakala and NPBC general secretary Daud Chikwanje confirmed that the meeting was shifted to February 9 2013 in Blantyre.
“We want to be well represented at this meeting. Big decisions have to be made at this meeting; hence, we need collective agreement,” said Sakala.
Some of the decisions to be made are reflected in a letter which Sports Council executive secretary George Jana wrote Maba general secretary Arthur Nanthuru on January 7 2013.
“We wish to suggest and strongly recommend that within this month of January, you set up and conduct a meeting/seminar where this matter is to be discussed and agreed with all your structures,” Jana wrote.
The council boss wants Maba to clearly define the structures in terms of: “Content of your statutes and those for professional boxing, composition of committees to separately manage the two streams of boxing, usage of available boxing facilities by the two streams of boxing.”
The council’s letter follows a directive from the International Amateur Boxing Association (Aiba) that Maba should separate administration of amateur boxing from professional. NPBC is currently among Maba affiliates.
Council has asked for the split by the end of the month. NPBC has been fighting with Maba for autonomy leading to verbal wars.