By MICHAEL MIYOBA
WE need to prepare our boxers thoroughly for them to reap medals at the African championships in Morocco, says Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) deputy general secretary Blackie Mantele.
Mantele, was speaking after the international friendly boxing championship held in Kazungula. He observed that there is need for Zambia to host more international tournaments to enable boxers to prepare for the All-Africa games.
Mantele said that more needs to be done to prepare the boxers especially the females who performed badly at the Kazungula international boxing championship which attracted boxers from Botswana.
He described the tournament against Botswana as a success, noting that ZBF would host another friendly championship with Namibia to prepare the local lads for the August assignment.
“Our boxers need more international friendlies. We need to prepare because most of them graduated from the junior level so they need exposure to compete at international level,” Mantele said.
“We have another international tournament against Namibia. The tournament will be held in Ndola at the Trade Fair grounds but these tournaments are not enough for our boxers to prepare adequately,” he said.
The female boxers’ tumbled at the Kazungula boxing championship as Juliana Kasonka lost to Kenosi Kaemakhese 2-1 while Felistus Nkandu lost to Malatwa Kasemange from Botswana.
In the boys’ category, Zambia recorded only one loss and won six fights to emerge overall winners.
Patrick Chinyemba beat Molithego Kobomelo from Botswana 2-1 while Ben Banda, weighing 52kg beat Rajab Otukile 3-0.
Evaristo Mulenga beat George Molwantwa 3-0 as Emmanuel Katema beat Treasure Moremi 2-1 with welterweight Steven Zimba beating Pitso Mmopiemane 3-0. Nkumbu Silungwe beat Musi Sweghie in a fight which was stopped by the referee in the last round after Sweghie suffered an injury while Tefo Maitewa recorded Botswana’s only victory by beating Christopher Katanga.