Boxers hyped for the African Games

Namibian boxers are eyeing medals at the African Games in Morocco.

19 August 2019 | Sports

The eight amateur boxers selected to represent Namibia at the 2019 African Games in Morocco are looking forward to bringing silverware back home when the boxing competition starts tomorrow.

Namibia is competing in 10 sport codes at the 12th edition of the African Games, which is being held in Casablanca and Rabat from 16 to 31 August.

Andreas Shikongo, Junias Jonas, Nestor Thomas, Tryagain Morning Ndevelo, Martin Hafeni Kambalili, Oiva Ueitele, Naftali Shoya and Immanuel Shaanika are the eight boxers who will be exchanging leather in Morocco.

The team officials are Albertus Tsamaseb (coach) and Edwardt Kangoronduezu (assistant coach).

Jonas, who represented Namibia at the 2015 African Games in Congo-Brazzaville, where he won a silver medal, said his goal is to win gold this time.

“I'm currently ranked eighth in the world by the International Boxing Association and my aim now is to go for gold, which will improve my ranking ahead of the world championships later this year,” he said.

Jonas added the experience he gained from previous competitions will help him achieve his dream of winning a gold medal.

Shaanika, who also represented Namibia at the 2015 games, said his goal at this year's championship is to show how he has grown as a boxer.

“In 2015 I did not win anything in Brazzaville, but this time around I want to prove to myself and those who selected me how I have matured as an athlete. My goal is to win a medal before competing at the world champs,” said Shaanika.

Thomas, who will be representing the country at the games for the first time, said he has prepared well and that he is ready to test himself against the best in Africa.

Kambalili also said his goal at the competition is to win a medal despite this being his first big competition, while his teammate Ndevelo said he is not at African Games to sightsee.

“I represented Namibia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and I am now looking forward to using the experience I gained there to win a gold medal. My goal as a boxer is to qualify for the world championships, where I will possibly qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games, as it's my dream to represent my country on those stages,” he said.

- NAMPA

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