NDF boxers set Keetmanshoop alight

07 Aug 2019 20:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – As part of the week-long Namibian Defence Force (NDF) sixth Annual Sports Tournament, NDF boxers entertained hundreds of spectators as they showcased their skills here at Westdene Stadium on Wednesday.
The spectators gathered in jubilation at the stadium to witness the NDF boxers working the ring, which was erected in the open.
The main bout was between Kefas Amadhila from the Namibian Navy, who beat Oiva Ueitere of the Namibian Special Forces on points.
The three-round bout was one of the most entertaining as the two boxers took on each other by throwing heavy punches.
It was Ueitere who took the game to his opponent, but Amadhila responded swiftly by throwing close and heavy upper cuts before becoming the favourite of the audience as they cheered him on and demanded more.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines, former Olympic boxing gold medallist Major Paulus ‘Ali’ Nuumbembe said since boxing was only introduced last year in the annual competition, the boxers have improved tremendously.
Nuumbembe also pointed to a shortage of boxers, saying the number of boxers decreased in the NDF over the years.
“I therefore call upon men in uniform to take up this sport seriously so that one day they (boxers) can compete nationally,” he said.
He added that he was impressed with the display on the day.
“It is interesting because our different sport codes are played simultaneously, but once the boxing started all spectators flocked in to watch,” he boasted.
Nuumbembe said the Defence Ministry aims to have clubs that will represent the Namibian Army, Air Force and Navy in the future.
The Special Forces were the overall boxing winners with three gold medals and three silvers, followed by the Namibian Navy with three golds and 21 Brigade of the Keetmanshoop base with two gold medals.
Military School Okahandja walked away with one gold while the Army Battle School took a silver medal.
Five teams participated in the boxing event, including the hosting formation 21 Motorised Infantry Brigade with four boxers, the Namibian Navy (four boxers), Special Forces (six boxers), Military School Okahandja (four) and Army Battle School represented by one boxer.
The annual games kicked off on Monday and end on Saturday.