Soweto boxing academy receives boxing equipment

31 Jan 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JAN (NAMPA) – The Soweto Boxing Academy (SBA) on Thursday received a donation of boxing equipment from Uundenge Investment and MK Capital Investment to the tune of N.dollars 22 000.
The equipment include a treadmill, boxing gloves, sparing gloves, skipping ropes and punching bags.
Situated at the Katutura Youth Complex, the SBA provides training to amateur and professional boxers. Former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All Africa welterweight champion Bethuel 'Tyson' Uushona; current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) lightweight champion Martin Haikali; and Junior lightweight boxer Nathaniel Kamati are some of the boxers training under Tobias Nashilongo.
There are close to 15 amateur boxers and 20 youngsters training at the academy.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Nashilongo said they have finally received boxing equipment that they really need in their stable, and he would like the Namibian business community to continue supporting the sport for its development.
“It’s not every day that you see a businessman coming to your gym and telling you they have boxing equipment to give you. I am really happy that all the things we got are what we were looking for in our camp, and this is a good motivation for the boxers who work so hard on a daily basis to one day become Namibian champions.”
Laban Kandume of Uundenge Investment told this agency on Friday they are proud to be associated with the SBA, saying: “It’s their duty to give back to the community. We are proud to support this academy because they are helping to keep young people off the streets and from crime”.
Uundenge is a construction company while MK Capital Investment is a digital media technology company.
The academy has no official sponsor and Nashilongo is appealing to individuals and corporate organisations to hop on board as their permanent sponsors.
Boxing is a very popular sport in Namibia and a number of local boxers have earned gold medals at international events. The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) rated eight Namibian boxers between top 10 and top 13 in their categories in 2015.