Amateur boxers shine in South Africa

23 Apr 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) - Namibian amateur boxers shone at the African Boxing Confederation (ABC) Zone Four Championship that was held in Pretoria, South Africa over the Easter weekend.
The Namibian Boxing Federation (NBF) on Wednesday held a media conference in Windhoek to announce the performance of the 10 Namibian boxers who were sent to South Africa for the event.
In a competition that saw eight southern African countries taking part, Namibia ended second after host South Africa which won the competition with nine medals overall.
Namibia won eight medals - three gold medals, one silver and four bronze. Immanuel Shepaka, Lazarus Shaningwa and Kasuto Mujandjae were the three gold medals winners for Namibia.
Kennedy Muatara, who accompanied the amateur boxing team to Pretoria as team manager, told members of the media they were unsure of how the Namibian boxers would perform in the competition because the other countries had more experienced boxers who have already participated in many different African championships.
He added that Namibia however shocked everyone at the championships by having eight boxers - from the 52 kilogramme (kg) flyweight category, 60kg lightweight category, 64kg light welterweight and 91kg heavyweight category - in the semi-finals, something the other countries failed to achieve.
Also speaking at the briefing was Telecom Namibia’s corporate communication and public relations manager, Oiva Angula, who said the amateur boxers delivered an outstanding performance at the African Boxing Confederation Zone Four Championship.
He added that he hopes they will perform as well in future competitions.
Telecom Namibia sponsored the team, and most of the boxers were selected from Telecom Namibia championships held in Rundu in December 2013 and in Walvis Bay in March this year.
At the same event, NBF Secretary-General Joe Kaperu announced that Namibia will be hosting a two-nation international boxing tournament next month.
The tournament, involving host Namibia and South Africa, will take place at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on 10 May 2014.
Kaperu stated that the event will showcase who the two countries’ best boxers are with Olympic-style boxing, where boxers are allocated points based on how many punches they land on their opponents.
The event will also serve as preparation for the Namibian amateur boxers who will travel to Spain on 16 May this year to prepare for the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 03 August 2014.