Banned Matete stays mute


FORMER 400m hurdles champion Samuel Matete has opted to remain silent over the life ban slapped on him by the Zambia Armature Athletics Association (ZAAA) for breach of contract.

Matete told the Daily Nation yesterday that he wouldn’t want to be drawn into the controversies surrounding his ban, especially in the press.

He confirmed having received communication from ZAAA announcing his life ban but opted to remain silent over the matter for now.

“Yes, I know what those people are talking about; I know that they have decided to ban me for life but for now, I have decided not to make comments to the media over the same and will remain quiet. So for now, I have no comment over the development,” Matete said.

Pressed on whether he felt the decision was made in the best interest of the sport, Matete maintained he would not comment.

“I have already said it that I will not comment so, I will not give you any answer because I have decided that the best thing to do for now is to remain quiet,” he said.

Last week, the Copperbelt Amateur Athletics Area Board (CAAAB) banned Matete from all sporting activities for breach of the ZAAA constitution.

He is alleged to have hosted two events without the blessing of the mother body and whose proceeds he allegedly pocketed.

He was also said to have been masquerading as a member of Nkana athletics club.

CAAAB secretary Lewis Mwenya has threatened to report Matete to police if he continued organising events in the region.

Mwenya said CAAAB was the only body mandated to organise competitions on the Copperbelt.

“So effective from today, Matete has been banned from running any competition in the Copperbelt area board. If he does, he will be reported to the police,” Mwenya said.

He said Matete should not use athletics to raise funds that he was allegedly not accounted for