Haufiku denies shambles at board

It is not only football that needs to be looked at but boxing also needs divine intervention, a senior boxing administrator has claimed.

21 October 2020 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK



Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) chairperson Bernard Haufiku has played down allegations that the board is disorganised and in shambles.

Dr Haufiku was responding to accusations made by a senior boxing administrator who demanded that the minister of sport intervene in the operations.

The source, who was speaking in condition of anonymity, alleged that most members of the boxing board are not doing anything to improve the state of boxing in the country.

“I can also tell you now that the only person that is probably still active in that board is Bernard Haufiku. I heard that one of the board members, Trevor Mills, who was a very hardworking person, resigned from the board due to the ongoing shambles at the board.

“People are here reporting more about the football shambles, but I can tell you now that Namibian boxing is going through the same thing,” the source said.



It is not official

Haufiku rubbished the claims by the source, stating that the board is still fully functional and doing all it can to maintain the operations. The chairperson did confirm, however, that there was talk of Trevor Mills resigning but it was unofficial.

“I think the source is not accurate with the facts because the boxing board is still functional despite the problems that came in the midst of the coronavirus.

“I did hear about Trevor's resignation but it was not made official and the minister is unaware of this.

“As a board, we would not want to lose a valuable man like Trevor and we will therefore also speak to him so he can maybe reconsider his decision,” Haufiku said.



Sanctioning fights

The boxing board has to sanction upcoming boxing events.

It was reported recently that the MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Boxing and Fitness Academy and the Kilimanjaro boxing club are set to host events in October and November.

“We have important tasks ahead of us like sanctioning upcoming events and we will there probably hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday to discuss important matters as a board. It is unfortunate that we have been living in a time of the coronavirus pandemic and things have not been that easy,” Haufiku said.



Boxing act plan on

Haufiku added that one of their plans is to amend the Boxing Act.

As things stand, the country's boxing board is still reliant on an Act which has been in use since 1980. “e have to finalise the Boxing Act and that is something very important on our agenda.

“The Act needs to be changed in order to comply with international standards.”

Medical doctor Bernard Haufiku, lawyer Saima Nghihalwa, director of commerce at the industrialisation ministry Maria Pogisho, veteran former boxer and trainer Josef 'Joe Archer' Shikongo and businessman Trevor Mills form part of the boxing board.

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