Boxing Team Amasses 10 Medals

| April 30, 2015

The national boxing team returned home a proud team after amassing 10 medals at the just ended Zone 4 Championships in South Africa.

This landed them in a good position ahead of the All Africa Games (AAG) in September as all the medal winners qualified for the continental showpiece.

The 10-men team grabbed six gold medals courtesy of 56kg Kefentse Molalapata, 60kg Kabelo Bagwasi, 64kg Kagiso Bagwasi, 69kg Mmusi Tswiige, 75kg Zibani Chikanda and 81kg Thabang Motsewabeng.

49kg Tefo Rammupudu, 52kg Thabiso Mpolokeng, and the ladies duo of 51kg Koketso Dipugiso and 69kg Pearl Morake all obtained silver medals.

The medal tally ensued that Botswana finished in position one with 37 points followed by South Africa in second with 18 points.

Speaking at the team’s welcome ceremony on Tuesday (April 28), Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) president, Dr Thato Patlakwe commended the team for their performance adding that they had made the country proud.

He said they were eyeing the 2016 Olympics owing to the fact that they had a young and competitive team. Dr Patlakwe said the fact that they had a youthful team was an aantage as they had ample time to develop the athletes.

On other issues, he refuted allegations that the association was divided following reports that there were conflicts within the association.

He said the association had the discretion to appoint a head coach to accompany the team hence it should not come as a surprise that a star two coach in Lechedzani Luza led the team to the championships.

The president said they followed procedure whenever they called coaches on camp based on their experience, discipline and availability.

Luza stated that boxing youth development structures like Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and out of school were well in place to feed the national team hence the new faces on the team.

He said the national team slots do not belong to specific boxers but every boxer has to fight and book themselves a ticket to don the national colours.

Going forward, he said they hope to maintain the form ahead of the AAG and would be holding camps upon availability of funds.

Six countries competed at the championships which are Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland and the host, South Africa.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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