Boxers from various boxing clubs in the Chris Hani district threw punches at the recently held
Eastern Cape Boxing Association (Ecabo) tournament hosted at Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre.
Seven clubs participated, including Queenstown Boys Boxing Club, Tambo, Ndungwana, Lubabalo Gcina, Clarkebury and Wanda Boxing Clubs. Boxers each aimed to hit the mark to book a space at the provincial boxing games set to take place in Grahamstown on August 16 to 18.
Ecabo team manager, Nosipho Benyane, said two participants were selected in each division indicating that boxers required intense training to improve their performance. “The tournament was divided into two categories, cadets and juniors. We were expecting to see a high level in terms of performance. We have received insight from their coaches that boxers do not have enough time. They arrive late from school and soon after they have to rush home before it gets dark.”
Benyane said they were hoping to start the tournament on a high note but were displeased with the participants’ presentation. “We are looking to have an entire camping week to work on their performance.”
Best boxer in the cadets category went to Mzwandile Saleni and Aqhama Mpayipheli. Best boxer in the juniors were Kamvelihle Qaku and Litha Tekwana. Best bout of the tournament title was given to Liyema Gwilikana and Kamvelihle Qaku.
“We plead with all coaches to work hard so the district produces great results at the provincial games. We have always been placed in the last or second-last position. Hopefully this time we will, at least, be in third place,” said Benyane.
The boxers who are heading off to the provincial games are: in the cadets category are Lutho Malothe, Asipile Ntlanti, Tika akhile, Ande Peter, Aqhama Mpayipheli, Siyabonga Mvenge, Asavuma Thwayinga and Agcobile Dwesini.
Juniors: Siyamthanda Velem, Saki Nkitha, Mbasa Mgwigwi, Singatha Mhlom, Monwabisi Mahlaku, Kamvelihle Qaku, Liyema Gwilikana, Kamva Wasa, Lukho Zwelibanzi, Alude Titi, Ubenathoi Xhosa, Lilitha Mzenzi, Siyamthanda Damesi, Onwabe Mvandaba, Litha Tekwana and Mihlali Mfuleni.