FRANCIS Chipungu has been elected chairman of Nkana Tennis Club in Kitwe at the elective annual general meeting held on Saturday.
Outgoing chairperson George Chilufya did not recontest the position.
And Ray Masika has been elected club secretary to take over from Chipungu after his challenger Kelvin Mwiche withdrew from the race.
Meanwhile, Justin Mumbi is the new club captain replacing Eddie Ziramasanga who did not recontest his position.
Grounds manager Eugene Mugala and bar manager Christopher Makaya were unopposed in their respective positions.
“We are going to continue running the club smoothly. Of course, it is challenging for a club of this pedigree but we are a dedicated team and we will ensure the club continues with its programmes,” said Chipungu after being elected. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing chairman who I worked with closely for leading the club in the right direction and record the successes we recorded together.”
And Masika added: “…we will continue growing the membership of the club and ensure we continue participating in competitions to grow the sport of tennis in the country and develop our players into fine sports men and women by running the club effectively with cooperating partners.”
The executive is calling on the corporate world to partner with the club to sponsor competitions.
Nkana Tennis Club is one of the few flourishing ones on the Copperbelt and the country at large. This follows the dwindling national economy coupled with lack of sponsorship from the mines that once fully sponsored the sport on the Copperbelt before privatisation.