Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) aims to regain their glory of being the best in boxing in the Zone IV region at a tournament that is taking place from April 20-26 in Pretoria, South Africa. Last year the team did not do well.
The national team coach Lechedzani Master Luza said this year they really want to impress. He said that they believe that the team that is chosen will be able to satisfy the challenges set ahead by the international demands, and would be able to bring satisfying results back home. He said training with the teams is currently going on very well. They called two boxers in some categories to ensure that they spar well. He said when the athletes are now fit and he has no reasonable doubt that they will do well in South Africa. “We want to get back the glory that we used to have, but we know that it won’t be very easy in South Africa because our opponents will be equally prepared,” he said.
The team is currently on camp until Monday where they will be leaving for the championships in South Africa. According to BoBA publicity officer Kenny Maragana, the purpose of them getting on camp was to avail tactical, technical, and physical components of fitness that can empower boxers to overcome competitors from other countries. The athletes are already faced with a hard task ahead of them because for them to qualify for the All Africa games individually they have to get gold or silver medals. Among the athletes in the male team are Oteng Oteng, the Bagwasi brothers Kabelo and Kagiso and Mmusi Tswiige. The women’s team comprises of Pearl Morake and Keneilwe Rakhudu among others. Morake said that so far she feels good and that their preparation is on point. She said that it is important for them to know that they are going for a war and that they should go there to win. “I intend to bring a medal back home. I am going to fight for this with everything within me to make sure that I win,” she said. Kabelo Bagwasi shared the same sentiments that they are going to do their best in South Africa. He said they expect to do better than last year. “I think for most of us who went to the competition last year it was our first international experience, so right now we know what to expect and we are going there to fight with all our might,” he said. The competition will end on the 26th of this month.