Boxing treat for Bulawayo

Raymond Jaravaza
SIX visiting teams to be joined by local clubs have confirmed participation in the Bulawayo Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) organised tournament set for Mpopomaa��s Mathonisa Beer Garden on Saturday.

The tourney was initially pencilled for 10 September at the same venue but later postponed at the request of visiting teams.

Local boxers from Bulawayoa��s eight clubs Nketa, Nkulumane, Tshaka, Lobengula, Luvevea��s Percy, HQ One Brigade, Sikhulile and Bulawayo West will battle it out in different divisions against boxers from different parts of the country.

According to BABA spokesperson Arvian Mathe, Imbizo High School on the outskirts of the city, Great Zimbabwe University, Harare, Victoria Falls Academy, Gwanda and Team Zimbabwe will converge on the City of Kings.

a�?We were forced to postpone because visiting teams were still sorting out logistical issues such as accommodation and transport to Bulawayo. The sponsor caters for the venue, paying referees and refreshments on the day of the tournament but visiting teams take care of accommodation and transport for their boxers,a�? said Mathe.

The event is staged by the proprietor of the venue Nobuhle Dube.

Team Zimbabwe consists of boxers that will represent the country in the African Union Sports Council Region Five Under-20 Youth Games to be held in Luanda, Angola in December.

In Angola, Zimbabwe will be represented in athletics, athletics for the visually impaired, basketball, boxing, judo, gymnastics, netball, swimming and tennis.

Young local boxers Mthulisi Dube (Sikhulile), Zibusiso Nyoni (Nketa), Lwazi Mpofu (Tshaka), Bright Ndiraya (Nkulumane), Wiseman Tshuma (Lobengula) and Freedom Dube (Bulawayo West) are expected to battle it out against the visiting boxers.