02 Oct 2018 15:25pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) Amateur boxers selected to represent Namibia at the upcoming Region Five Games in Botswana found the going tough at a friendly tournament held in Windhoek over the weekend.
The Namibian Boxing Federation (NBF) hosted the national youth boxing tournament that saw Namibian boxers take on their counterparts from Botswana at the After-School Centre in Katutura on Saturday.
The one-day boxing championship hosted six bouts with the aim of preparing Namibian boxers for the 2018 edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC), Region Five Games that will be held in Gaborone, Botswana in December.
Out of the six bouts only two Namibian boxers managed to record wins. Naftali Naftali beat his opponent Festus Madiehe, while Hafeni Joseph beat Kgosi Mosimakoko.
In the other matches, Namibia's David Namugongo lost to Raymand Madumetsa after he lost all the three bouts and Matheus Ngesheya lost to Thusanang Tlhotheletsa, with the referee stopping the fight when the Namibian was injured.
Nehemia Ndilinawa lost two of the three bouts to Tsepang Kainga, while another referee stoppage fight was between Elias Mathias who was beaten by Thabang Mmusi.
NBF public relations officer Robert Haihambo told Nampa as a federation, their first reaction would be disappointment, but after all factors are considered, they appreciate the effort put in by the Namibian team.
Mind you the Botswana team has been on high school recess for a while and in camp while our boys are coming straight from the hostel and have done minimum preparation with their coaches at the gym, he said.
He further said people might question why the amateur boxers were made to fight if they had not prepared, but said exposure was really important for the boxers mental preparation before December.
He also stated that the two camps have agreed on a return leg in mid-October to be held in Botswana on a date still to be set.