President Levy Mwanawasa has sent a message of condolences to the family of the late veteran boxer Charm Chiteule who died on Tuesday, this week at Kabwe Mine Hospital.
President Mwanwasa said he learnt with regret of the untimely death of the legendary boxer.
This is contained in a message of condolences also extended to the president of the Zambia Boxing Federation (ZABF) Stephen Simpemba made available to ZANIS by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations John Musukuma.
Dr. Mwanawasa said the late Chiteule is fondly remembered for his quick foot movements in the ring which he earned him the nickname “Shuffle”.
President Mwanawasa said many who watched the late Chiteule’s fights will remember him as an entertaining but formidable boxer.
“On behalf of the government, the Zambian people and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey to you and through you to the bereaved family and the boxing fraternity, our heartfelt condolences on the untimely death of Chiteule. Many of us who watched his fights will remember him as an entertaining but formidable boxer,” Dr. Mwanawasa said.
Chiteule died in Kabwe Mine Hospital, Tuesday, after suffering from malaria.
The death of Charm, 54, effectively draws the curtain on the golden era of Zambian professional boxing.
Charm retired from boxing in 1984 after an illustrious professional career.
The Zambian legend belonged to the era of Lottie Gunduzani Mwale, Chisanda Kent Green Mutti and John Big Joe Sichula.
This is the group that put Zambia’s boxing flag at its highest in the 1980s.
Charm was President of the Zambia Boxing Federation at the time of his death.
At the height of his career, Chiteule challenged Ghanaian boxing legend, Azumah Nelson in 1982 for the Commonwealth and African Featherweight belt but lost on a 10th round technical knock-out at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Last year during independence celebrations, Dr. Mwanwasa honoured the late Chiteule with “The President’s Insignia for Meritorious Achievement” in recognition of the boxing glory he brought to mother Zambia and for his contribution to the development of the sport in the country.