Rebang happy with boxers' gold in Congo-Brazzaville

28 Jun 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibian Boxing Federation President, Benjamin Rebang has expressed happiness with the achievements of Namibian boxers at the recent African Boxing Championships in Congo-Brazzaville.
Amateur boxers Mathias Hamunyela and Jonas Junias won gold medals at the championships held from 17 to 25 June.
The two boxers qualified for the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships that take place in Hamburg, Germany from 25 August to 03 September 2017.
Matheus Kasolo also took part but did not win a medal.
Speaking at a welcoming back ceremony on Wednesday, Rebang said the gold medals show the federation is doing something right.
He added that the biggest problem going forward is a lack of funding that might affect their preparation for the championships in Germany.
“We would like to send them to at least two international competitions so they can have an idea of how other boxers, especially in Europe, fight,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, Hamunyela and Junias said winning gold was motivation for them to work hard ahead of the championships in Germany and the 2018 Commonwealth Games that will be held in Australia.
Rebang explained that they usually have training camps in Windhoek but for the African Boxing Championships, all boxers stayed at their respective camps to work with their coaches.
“The team only met on the day of travelling and that formula worked for us so we will continue doing that going forward,” he said.