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Matete to train athletes

Sports Matete to train athletes

mateteFormer Zambian 400 metres hurdles world champion, Samuel Matete leaves for Mauritius to take-up his new coaching appointment.

Matete has been appointed as Instructor at the International Athletic Associations Federation (IAAF) High Performance Training centre in Port Loius.

Matete said IAAF, the world athletic mother governing body, intends to extent his contract to two years after expiry of the initial six months contract.

Matete’s immediate task is to train athletes expected to compete in the 2009 World championships in Germany later this year and 2012 London Olympic games.

The former world champion believes he has the experience and ability to develop athletics.

Matete said he is humbled to have been recognised by a global sports organisations like the IAAF.

He however, said he will come back to Zambia at the end of his appointment to continue with his Sport for Youth organisation which he founded in Kitwe four years ago.

He said during his absence, the Sports for Youth board members will help run affairs of the organisation in conjunction with the head coach Charles Lupiya.

The multi talented Matete who also plays other sports disciplines, returned home in 2002 from the USA where he was based for over 17 years.

In August 1991 in Tokyo-Japan, Matete surprised the world when he became the first African to lift a gold medal in the four hundred metres hurdles.



  1. You have heard that it was said, ‘A prophet is not without honour except in his own country.’ Paraphrased: In Zambia skilled people are not honoured at home.

  2. just reading this lipot bakamba naba convicted! pantu nalimulaba umukamba Matete ka…yaba! anyway congrats mdala wish you the best

  3. But what was he before this job, was he a forgotten heroe? Anyway better you go for better perks than getting peanuts pa zed. moreover that’s your pension, so just work extra hard.

  4. If it were during the K.K days, he could most likely have been appointed minister of sport. Gone are the days when national heroes were honored.

  5. i agree wth number 12(Moderator) yes offcourse he kud be the minister of sports, not only him, even Ba Lucky Msisk,, Ba Kalusha Bwalya nd many more, the could the interio Ministry of Sports, awe ba KK baliposeleko amano ku sports ubufi bubi, na Lesa tafwaya. =d>=d>=d>=d>~X(~X(~X(**==

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