Jim Mpalale

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Jim Mpalale

Jim Mpalale was a Zimbabwean sports administrator who was the President of the Zimbabwe Boxing Federation.

Background

Mpalale was married and the couple had three children and two grandchildren. He was a headmaster by profession and was elected president of the ZBF after he beating Festus Dumbu to the post.[1] Mpalale rose to the Zimbabwe Boxing Federation’s top position in 2017 after spending close to nine years as chairman of the Midlands Boxing Association.

Career

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, the country has 11 certified AIBA referees and judges up from three since Mpalale took over as president of ZBF

Death

He died on 15 October 2020 at his Mbizo suburb home in Kwekwe after a long illness. He has been battling heart complications for over 10 years and was taken seriously ill a couple of months before his death.[2]



References

  1. Tatenda Gondo, [1], Sportsrifle 724, Published: 15 October, 2020, Accessed: 15 October, 2020
  2. Raymond Jaravaza, [2], Chronicle, Published: 15 October, 2020, Accessed: 15 October, 2020