18 Aug 2019 11:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 18 AUG (NAMPA) The eight amateur boxers selected to represent Namibia at the 2019 African Games (AG) in Morocco are looking forward to bringing silverware back home when the boxing competition starts on Tuesday, 20 August.
Namibia are competing in 10 sport codes at the12th edition of the AG which is being held in Casablanca and Rabat from 16 to 31 August 2019.
Andreas Shikongo, Junias Jonas, Nestor Thomas, Tryagain Morning Ndevelo, Martin Hafeni Kambalili, Oiva Ueitele, Naftali Shoya and Immanuel Shaanika are the eight boxers that will be exchanging leather for team Namibia.
The team officials are Albertus Tsamaseb (coach) and Edwardt Kangoronduezu (assistant coach).
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday, Jonas who represented Namibia at the 2015 AG in Congo Brazzaville where he won a silver medal said his goal is winning a gold medal.
I am currently ranked eighth in the world by the International Boxing Association and my aim now is to go for gold, which will improve my ranking ahead of the World Championships later this year, he said.
He added that the experience he gained from previous competitions will help him in achieving his dream of winning a gold medal.
Shaanika who also represented Namibia at the 2015 AG said his goal at this years championship is to show how he has grown as a boxer.
In 2015 I did not win anything in Brazzaville, but this time around I want to prove to myself and those who selected me how I have matured as an athlete. My goal is to win a medal before competing at the World Champs, said Shaanika.
Thomas who will be representing the country at the games for the first time said he has prepared well and this will be a big stage where he has to test himself with the best in Africa.
Kambalili told this agency that his goal at the competition is to win a medal despite this being his first big competition while his teammate Ndevelo said he is not at the AG to sightsee.
I represented Namibia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and I am now looking forward to using the experience I gained there to win a gold medal. My goal as a boxer is to qualify for the World Championships where I will possibly qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games as its my dream to represent my country on those stages, he said.