Boxers ready for AAG in Congo, Brazzaville

20 Aug 2015 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibian boxing team is ready for the 11th All Africa Games set for Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo this year.
The 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) that takes place from 04 to 19 September 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the games, as well as its return to Brazzaville, which hosted the first edition in 1965.
About 22 sports codes have been announced for this year’s games, including athletics and swimming for athletes with disabilities.
Namibia will participate in athletics, boxing, cycling, karate, swimming, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, and various sports for the disabled.
The boxers are Mujandjae Kasuto, Shapaka Immanuel, Natangwe Titus Joseph, Jonas Junius Jonas, Phillipus Nghitumbwa, Lazarus Shaningwa, Immanuel Tuyoleni, Imms Shaanika, and Matias Tuyoongeleni Hamunyela.
Speaking at a media conference held in the capital on Thursday, Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) Secretary-General Joe Kaperu said the boxers are in good shape and he is confident they will win medals in Brazzaville.
The boxers were selected during national trials held earlier this year and have been in training since June.
“Out of all the boxers going to the Congo, there are four really good boxers who can possibly bring us three gold medals, two silver medals and the rest will bring bronze,” said Kaperu.
He added that boxing is not an easy sport but he is hopeful that some of the Namibian boxers will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“We hired a team of qualified trainers to look after this team. However, I am disappointed to say that we did not send a boxer to Casablanca, Morocco.
“They invited us to a championship, which is also being used as a qualifier for the Olympic Games, but we will wait for the African championship for our boxers to fight for those Olympic positions,” he stated.
Morocco is currently hosting the 2015 African Confederation Boxing Championships (AFBC) for elite boxers.
Speaking at the same occasion, 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Jonas Junius Jonas said the team is ready to fight and they are hopeful of making the nation proud in the ring, but the nation should not expect medals.
Team coach, Jacob Gariseb added that he is happy with the boxers’ fitness level and as usual, they are going to the games with one expectation and that is bringing home silverware.
Other team officials include Jason Pertus and Veikko Kondjeni Josua.
Team Namibia will depart on 27 August and return on 21 September 2015.
Namibia won seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze – at the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique. None of these medals came from boxing.