Kenya’s Super Bantamweight title holder Fatuma Zarika has blamed the government’s lack of support for her ‘deliberate’ loss to Mexican Yamileth Mercado, in the Satutday November 16th clash.
Zarika accused the government for not providing her any support since she won the title, after painful exit of Sportpesa, who was supporting her through sponsorship.
“Nimekaa na hiyo belt miaka nne. Na hakuna kitu mzuri ishaikuja except SportPesa. Government haitaki kushughulika, afadhali mshipi ibaki Mexico, mahali ambapo watai take care, (for four years, I’ve been the holder of that title and the only good thing I’ve received was the help from Sportpesa. So its better if the belt stays in Mexico where its government can take good care of the belt and the holder of the title),” Zarika added.
Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) Secretary-General Frankline Imbenzi who spoke to K24 digital, echoed Zarika’s sentiments, saying that she was frustrated since her sponsor withdrew the sponsorship.
“She has told me straight to my face she wanted the belt to remain in Mexico. She felt not appreciated after her main sponsor withdrew support and also the government lied to her until last minute,” Imbenzi stated.
The young 21-year-old Mercado was declared the winner after a 99-91, 98-92, 99-91 score was decided by the judges in her favour.
This comes in the wake of Kenyan teams bashing the government for not getting enough support to represent the country, despite the institution of a sports fund.