ZIMBABWEANS also joined the world in mourning the death of boxng legend Mohammed Ali who died a few days while some like the opposition MDC T took the opportunity to laud the country’s own boxers.
“Ali who is considered to be one of the greatest boxers in history, is a 3-time World Heavyweight Champion. In Zimbabwe we used to have Kilimanjaro who was a great fighter, says MDC T’s shadow minister for Sports and Recreation Clifford Hlatywayo.
The three-time world heavyweight champion – one of the world’s greatest sporting figures – died on Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, which according to the BBC was due to septic shock due to unspecified natural causes
The 74-year-old had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease.
A public funeral wasbe held for the boxer on Friday in his hometown of Louisville in Kentucky.
“Now we have Charles Manyuchi who has proved to be a true champion, but there is no sustainable support from the government. Muhammad Ali will truly be missed especially by sports lovers,” adds Hlatywayo, who also pledged his support for the Zimbabwe Warriors, who play Malawi in an Africa Cup qualifier today. – Patience Rusere