By Rabson WOODWELL
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Sports commentators have applauded Malawi Boxing Association (MABA) for organizing one week camp training for the Malawi armature boxers in Zambia.
The training is in readiness for the 2020 Olympics qualifiers bouts that will take place in Senegal.
According to MABA president Pyson Likagwa, Malawi is expected to travel to Zambia on January 18 with 8 players and are expected to be in Zambia from January 18-25, 2020.
“Zambia requested that all the five countries taking part in the competition namely; Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana should have a training camp tournament which we can use to select the best boxers for all the countries which we thought it’s a good move and it will help us.
“However, currently, we are just waiting for some funds from Malawi government including Malawi Olympic Committee to also assist us with some funds for transportation, accommodation, and many more requirements.” Likagwa explained.
Innocent Dzatopetsa, sports commentator lauded the training saying is a good move for boxers to camp in Zambia.
Dzatopetsa said that is going to allow the acquire some new skills outside the country after interacting with boxers from other countries.
“We always lack such kind of initiatives, unfortunately we only organise when we have tournaments otherwise, it could be so helpful if we do this once in a while (having our athletes train outside) as one way of developing our boxing.
“Remember that these are armature boxers and for us it could be a chance to develop the game to a higher level in Malawi but at the same time we help our athletes can develop good boxing skills to compete highly at international level .” Dzatopetsa said.
Bright Lunda sports journalist says; “It is going to be very helpful to Malawi boxers because; the camp will also expose them to certain environments and learn how our friends are doing out there. We know that what will matter is the kind of training they are going to have but hopefully this may positively affect the results for Malawi in Senegal.
“However, let me also advise the team going to Zambia to be serious and remember that Malawians will be waiting to hearing good results from them.
“We should not hear any cases of fraud or mismanagement of the resources they are requesting from government or any other organizations who are going to assist them. That normally dilutes trust,” Lunda stressed the piece of advise
Another sports journalist Promise Thom echoed on the same; “We should also respond to the complaints from our boxers so that we can really improve our game and be able to compete highly at international stage.
“For example, you remember that there had been an issue to do with rings of which our boxers have been complaining for over times and I assume addressing that challenge could be a great progress”.
Thom adds, “It’s high time we started priotising some of these games, other countries have developed just because of boxing, and its my hope that if we really address the challenges our boxers encounter, surely, we can have good results during competitions but you would see that almost in every tournament we lose.”
Malawi team of 8 armature boxers is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which will be staged in Japan.