01 Jul 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 July 2018 (NAMPA) The African Connection (AC) Boxing and Fitness Academy on Saturday held a preparatory tournament for the youth team that will represent Namibia at the All Africa Youth Games in Algeria on 19 July this year.
The tournament was held at its gymnasium in Windhoeks Northern Industrial Area.
Two junior bouts and four senior bouts took place during the tournament, while the national youth team featured in five bouts.
In the juniors bout Rebelo Doeseb beat compatriot of After School Centre (ASC) Kapembe Panduleni while Gabriel Shapange of AC academy lost to Johannes 45 Gideon of ASC.
In the seniors bouts, Petrus Shikondi of 21 Brigade (21 BDE) lost to Zhunga Mbeha of AC academy.
Sililo Armstrong of 21 BDE won his bout after his opponent Alex Ndahulapo failed to show up, while Martin Mukungu of ASC beat Robert Ndalelwa of AC academy.
Riaan Rispel of AC academy beat Gabriel Ashipala of 21 BDE via a technical knockout.
However the national youth team produced exciting bouts as all the five national team boxers won their bouts convincingly.
Hafeni Joseph beat Lean Gawanab of ASC 2-1 in the 52 kilogram (kg) weight division, while Matheus Ngesheya beat Robert Hubertos of ASC by the same points margin in the 60kg division.
Davis Amukongo, whom many tout as a medal hopeful, also beat Naftal Naftal of ASC by 2-1 in the 49kg division, while another medal hopeful Johannes Trofinus was dominant in dispatching Oswan Johannes of ASC by a 3-0 margin in the 49kg as well.
Crowd favourite and potential medal winner at the All Africa Games, Flame Nangolo also entertained the crowd when he defeated Tomas Tyson of ASC 2-1 in the 56kg weight category.
Immanuel Imms Moses, the organiser of the tournament said he was happy with the outcome as the objective was to give the youth team a chance to assess their readiness.
The event was a success and it was well attended. The fans were treated to an exciting boxing by the youngsters. We saw what they can offer. The coaches now know what to improve, he added.
Namibian youth boxers, he stressed are unfortunate as they do not have a chance to have a training camp due to lack of finances amongst others.
The travelling coaches now have an easy task in preparing these boys for their fights in Algeria as the clubs have already done a lot with these boxers, he added.