28 Jul 2019 12:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 28 JUL (NAMPA) Boxers from across Namibia on Saturday joined hundreds of mourners to pay last respects to boxing guru, Hiskia Shigwedha, who died aged 65 years in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 17 July due to a long illness.
He was laid to rest at the municipal cemetery of his hometown of Ongwediva. Speaker after speaker described Shigwedha as a committed and disciplined sport personality in both boxing and football fraternities.
Shigwedha started his boxing career in 1977 at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region under the late Abiud Kanambungas coaching.
In addition to his feats in boxing, those in football circles such as his team mate in the defunct Oshakati-based Sporting Club, Bishop Raimo Haimbili, told the mourners that Shigwedha was also a disciplined and talented footballer.
Shigwedha is said to have trained along with other legendary boxers such as Noah Tjombonde, Harry Simon and Jaysen Petrus while in Walvis Bay.
He in 1980 moved to Tsumeb, where he joined the Tsumeb Corporation Limited (TCL) boxing club and trained along with retired boxers such as Nestor Tobias, Lizias Angula and Timoty Haikonda.
Shigwedha as national champion represented Namibia before independence (1982-1987) at various boxing championships in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.
He later moved to northern Namibia, where he became a trainer of boxers along with other boxing lovers such as Joe Archer Shikongo, Isaak Elishi, Fauly Kakongo, Mathew Ndeshitila, Festus Endjala, Vaino Amukwa and the late Edward Man of Action Wilbard.
Shigwedha was also a boxing referee. He is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren and a sister.