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Troubled BoBA ups targets

Boxing wants improved results

Despite being entangled in a number of boardroom fracases, the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) chiefs are expecting more than just medals from each boxer at the on-going Zone IV championships in South Africa.


The championships which are used as a qualifying tool for the up-coming All Africa Games (AAG) in September come at a time when the association is battling with some ‘internal wrangling’. Last week the executive was left limping following the resignation of the Vice President Tabona Phaladzi.

Boxing is also on the brink of losing the experienced gaffer in Khumiso Ikgopoleng; to add salt to the injury, some of the BoBA family members have been washing their dirty linen in the public alleging favoritism was used when appointing coaches for the Zone IV competition.


The boxing top brass remains unfazed, despite all the drama. They are in fact, expecting the national team to erase last year’s dull performance at the same tournament. The president of the association, Dr Thato Patlakwe said he is not concerned by the recent reports by some members which are likely to tarnish the boxing name saying they don’t impinge on the running of their office. He said to his knowledge, they haven’t received any complaint of maladministration.

“Those are petty talks and I cannot say they can have any bearing on the way the association runs, right now boxing is running smoothly as far as I know,’’ he said.   


 Last year the team which comprised of experienced boxers like Oteng Oteng only garnered eight medals, two gold and three silver and bronze. BoBA was consequently relegated to position three from being second in 2013; the deceleration was then blamed on boardroom brawls that rocked the association, unfortunately that monster has resurfaced again at another crucial time a thing that was expected to make their eleven medals target a pie in the sky.


The eleven pugilists’ team is expected to garner 11 medals at the championships, mostly gold and silver, as the association seeks to qualify for the AAG in style. “If you look closely, the team is made up by quality boxers and our coaches are also on their own class, and with that we are targeting 11 medals from each boxer especially silvers and gold,’’  Patlakwe said in an interview with Weekendsport.


According to reports from the competitions, the team is showing needed signs of erasing the dismal showing at last year’s competitions. All the eleven boxers had qualified for the finals by Thursday and waited to battle in the finals on (Saturday).

This has given the boxing president confidence that indeed their dream will materialize, “To qualify for the AAG one has to snatch either silver or gold and with the whole team qualified for the finals we can confidently say what transpired last year will not repeat itself. Our aim is to get either first or second position in the region,’’ Patlakwe asserted.


Eventhough the local boxers are yet to face stern competition from countries that usually prove to be hard nuts, the team’s preparation are also a motivating factor to reclaim the glory. The President added “The team has been on camp for three weeks compared to two weeks preparations that we normally do.’’


The host, South Africa and Namibia have in the past years dethroned Botswana from the reign as a boxing powerhouse but this time the local boxing authority wants to solidify its standing as a force to reckon with. Although the ladies are participating in the competitions they will not be qualifying for the Africa games as women’s boxing is yet to be included in the games.

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