By Mulenga Chapoloko
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAA) president Elias Mpondela is pledging to work with his challenger Samuel Matete after his re-election at the elective annual general meeting held in Lusaka on Saturday.
Mpondela beat former 400m hurdles world champion Matete by 51-25 votes at the Mulungushi Conference Centre.
Mpondela who has been at the helm of ZAA for 22 years, said Matete will be part in of the technical team.
He told journalists that the association needs experienced leaders.
“Samuel is my friend; he is going to be part of us. He will be part of the technical side of things so he is part of the family,” Mpondela said.
“After Covid19 you need a leader that is tested,” he added with a smile.
Captain Bernard Bwalya was elected ZAA vice president, General Secretary Davison Mung’ambata going unopposed with the vice General Secretary being Maureen Kolomwe and Komani Ng’ambi was elected treasurer.
Jeddah Phiri, Getrude Gamela, Moses Phiri and Proper Tandabala were elected as committee members.