Namibia is producing fake boxing champions: Tanzanian coach

30 Nov 2015 16:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibia is producing fake boxing champions who will never win fights outside Namibia, says Tanzanian boxing coach Yassin Abdallah.
The comment follows his boxer, featherweight Francis Miyeyusho's, loss to his Namibian counterpart Gotlieb ‘The Bite’ Ndokosho for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Africa Persian Gulf belt on Sunday morning in Outapi.
Ndokosho beat Miyeyusho for the vacant title on points after 12 rounds of boxing, with all three judges scoring the fight in his favour. The scorecards read 114-113; 115-110; 114-111.
An irritated Abdallah told Nampa after the fight that his boxer was the better fighter on the night and he was not sure what the judges were looking at giving the fight to Ndokosho.
“Every time we come fight in Namibia, we end up losing our fights, not because our boxers are weak but because the officials here do things their own way.
“Every day, you are creating fake champions in Namibia and boxers in this country are not going anywhere. These boxers will die if they go fight in Europe,” said Abdallah, who is also the president of Tanzania Professional Boxing Organisation (TPBO) Limited.
He also questioned the judges’ appointment.
“Tell me how will you develop boxing in the country if you are forever robbing your opponents,” he said emphatically.
Wilson Masamba, a featherweight champion from Malawi, said he was not shocked to see Miyeyusho lose the fight on points.
“We (their boxing camp) won the fight tonight. Francis showed he is a better boxer than his opponent in the ring tonight but what can we do; we are fighting away from home.
“In August, I lost my fight in Ondangwa against Albinius Felesianu and I clearly beat him that night. One thing I should say: if you want to see who is the better boxer between Ndokosho and Francis, they should organise a rematch on neutral ground,” he told this reporter after the fight.
Officials on the night were referee Laizy Nainda and judges Philemon Mweya, Angel Simasiku, and John Kayimbi – all Namibians.
Approached for comment, Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, Secretary-General Joe Kaperu said the boxing board did not select the officials for the fight.
“IBF Africa selected the officials for the fight. You know, it’s really easy to complain when your boxer gave it his all and end up on the losing side.
“Abdallah is from Tanzania and the president of IBF Africa, Onesmus Ngowi, is also from Tanzania. He can take his complaint to them and they will then take necessary steps if there is any to be taken,” said Kaperu.
He added that the fight between the two boxers was close and it is difficult for one sitting on the sides to decide who won, but the judges are qualified people and they did the job to the best of their abilities.
“I can personally say that was a 50/50 fight, anyone could have won it, but looking at the difference between the two boxers, Francis is a very skilful boxer but Ndokosho was on-point as he landed most of his punches.
“Being skilful does not mean you will win the fight, it’s about how many punches you land that can win you the title,” he said.