THE Bulawayo Boxing Association (BBA) will be sending six boxers for the All-Africa Games team selection to be held at the national boxing championships in Chiredzi on March 28.
Bulawayo will be sending four lightweight pugilists led by Andile Ncube of Tshaka Boxing Club, coached by veteran trainer Philip “Striker” Ndlovu.
Other lightweight boxers are Everson Musambidzi of Nkulumane, Samson Masiyambumbi of Nketa and Milton Moyo of Lobengula.
Joining them will be bantamweight Wiseman Tshuma of Lobengula and welterweight Brighton Masiyambumbi. BBA vice-chairman Ezwell Ndlovu (pictured) yesterday said they would have wanted to send 20 boxers (10 men and 10 women) to Chiredzi, but lack of financial resources forced them to send only six male boxers.
“We appeal to the business community in Bulawayo to assist in the sport. We wanted to send 20 boxers, but we are financially challenged and will only be sending six men to Chiredzi. The national championships to select the team for the All-Africa Games will be held at Gibbo Stadium on March 28. The money is not available, but we are trying hard,” Ndlovu said.
This year’s edition of the All-Africa games will be held in Congo-Brazzaville, from September 4 to 19.
Meanwhile, six boxers will on Saturday take part in a Bulawayo Boxing Association tournament at Manor Hotel in preparation for March 28 in Chiredzi.
Other boxers who will tread leather on Saturday with the six are Artwell Rungandi and Prince Masoma from HQ1 Brigade and Lancelot Moyo from Lobengula.
“Weigh-in will be at 8am on Saturday before the tournament which starts at 2pm. We are very grateful to Manor Hotel for the venue.
Bulawayo Boxing Association last year held 13 tournaments at Manor and other provinces failed to have even one. Manor Hotel has been very helpful,” Ndlovu said.