By Tichaona Kurewa
THE Zimbabwe Boxing Federation (ZBF) has appealed for more funding to grow formidable boxers in the country capable of competing successfully at all international tournaments.
Speaking in Victoria Falls this Saturday on the side-lines of a boxing tournament to select a national team that will represent Zimbabwe at Region Four Games set for Malawi at the end of this month and other upcoming international tournaments, Zimbabwe Boxing Federation Technical Director, Stephen Masiyambumbi indicated that boxing was alive in Zimbabwe.
“The future of boxing in Zimbabwe is bright, the major challenge is lack of funding for the sport. We appeal to the corporate world to render more support to the sport which has a lot of potential to grow. We thank the government for the support it has been giving us so far and we appeal to it to do more to grow the sport,” he said.
Victoria Falls Boxing Academy Representative, Tobias Mpfuti said the Saturday tournament which the academy hosted in conjunction with ZBF went well.
“Things went according to plan and we thank all those who supported us. From here we will intensify training so that when we go to Malawi and other upcoming tournaments our national team will be a force to reckon with,” he said.
Winners are confident of their chances of winning in Malawi.
“I want to bring gold medals from Malawi and I am excited to be selected to represent my country, from here I will be training hard so that I will be fit enough to fight going forward,” they said.
At Saturday’s tournament, eleven boxers made it to the country’s national boxing team and these are;
“Kwashi Agnes (Zimbabwe National Army), Blessing Sibanda (Flyweight Bulawayo), Wisdom Dube (featherweight Harare), Luckmore Kamoto (lightweight Zimbabwe National Army),Ntandolwenkosi Nyongoloza (light-welterweight Matabeleland North), Job Mupazviripo (walter weight ZNA), Lwazi Mpofu (light-middleweight Bulawayo), Lorence Chiyangwa (middleweight Bulawayo, Lloyd Mujibulikwa (light-welterweight Matabeleland South), Anesu Motsi (heavyweight Manicaland), Ndlovu Bradley (welterweight Mashonaland West).
Zimbabwean boxers struggled at the Region Five Youth Games in Maseru, Lesotho last year and it is hoped such tournaments will prepare the country better for future assignments.