Namibia Boxers win bronze in Mozambique

29 Jan 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibian boxers Mathias Amunyela and Lazarus Shanigwa won bronze medals at the Zone Four boxing tournament in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday.
The competition, which saw Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries compete amongst each for top honours, started on 25 January.
The Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) is using this amateur boxing tournament as boxers’ preparation for the upcoming 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers scheduled for March in Cameroon.
Amunyela competed in the 49 kilogramme (kg) category, while Shanigwa competed in the 60kg category.
Another Namibian boxer who also travelled with the team, Jonas ‘Koko’ Junias, reached the finals in the 64kg category. He is expected to step into the ring to fight for a gold medal at 15h00 Namibian time on Friday.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday from Mozambique, the treasurer of the NBF, Kenneth Muatara said the three Namibian boxers who travelled to Mozambique all reached the semi-finals and only one made it to the final.
“Our boxers did well in the ring and they all reached the semi-finals. We hoped for all the boxers to reach the finals and bring home gold medals, but things did not go as planned.
“Shanigwa knocked his opponent out in the semi-final fight and was disqualified after the fight. The reasons for that are unknown, but the opponent from Botswana was really injured. As for Hamunyela, he did not make it to the final but won a bronze after losing out in his semi-final fight,” Muatara said.
He also said if Team Namibia is to improve its chances of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, they would need to participate in two friendly matches.