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Zimbabwe Boxing Federation President Jim Mpalale Dies

Zimbabwe Boxing Federation president (ZBF) Jim Mpalale has died, the Chronicle reports. Mpalale who was battling a heart ailment died at his home in Mbizo suburb in Kwekwe yesterday.

His death was confirmed to the publication by his niece Lucia Mubaiwa who told the publication that Jim Mpalale:

Has been battling heart complications for over 10 years and was taken seriously ill a couple of months ago. He died today (Thursday) in the early hours of the morning.

Describing the late Jim Mpalale, ZBF Secretary-general Arvian Mathe told the publication that:

Mpalale was an honest and astute administrator with years of experience in boxing administration from the grassroots level right up to the top echelons of the sport. He introduced boxing at Mbizo High School in Kwekwe in the early 1990s and rose through the ranks in boxing administration to taking up the presidency of ZBF in 2017.

He was instrumental in making sure that local boxing officials attended International Boxing Association (AIBA) R&J Certification Courses to improve the level of local boxing to international standards. Right now, we have 11 certified AIBA referees and judges up from three since Mpalale took over as president of ZBF.

He survived by his wife and 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

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