Botswana Bags Six Medals At The Mandela African Boxing Cup

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Team Botswana has brought home six medals from the just ended Mandela African Boxing Cup in Durban, South Africa. from the 15th April to the 21st April 2024 at.

Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) had sent a total of nine boxers to the competition, which brought back one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

The ladies team consisted of Phekie Bele-54kg, Keobakeng Philip-57kg, Kutlwano Sekhutlo-63kg and Kemogetse Kenosi-69 kg while the men’s team was made up of Kobamelo Molatlhegi-48kg, Mmoloki Sekwaipe-57kg, Kabo Seitshiro-63.5kg, Rajab Mahomed-51kg and George Molwantwa-54kg. The team was under the tutelages of Thebe Setlalekgosi, Gibson Rauwe and Pearl Mooketsi.

Sekwaipe won a gold medal, Molatlhegi silver medal while Bele, Molwantwa, Mahomed and Sekhutlo won one bronze medals each. Unfortunately, Kenosi, Seitshiro and Philip did not make it to the medal stages.

Botswana has been ranked position five amongst 41 countries that participated in the competition while Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been ranked position1 having won a total of 19 medals. South Africa secured the second position with 11 medals, followed by Lesotho with seven medals while Ethiopia took position four, also with six medals after presenting a slight difference of silver medals as compared to Botswana.

In an interview, BOBA Secretary General Taolo Tlouetsile said the team has managed to improve in terms of the medals they have won, compared to their performance at the All Africa Games that were recently held in Kenya where they won one bronze medal. He stated that that their win was a positive move for the youngsters like Bele, Molatlhegi and Sekhutlo.

According to Tloutsile, the Mandela African Boxing Cup was one of the events that were meant to prepare the boxers for the Olympic Qualifiers that will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 23rd May 2024- 3rd June 20, and through it boxers were expected to perform well to convince their coaches that they deserve to go to the qualifiers.

‘‘The technical team will review the team performance and give advice on which boxers should be sent to the Olympic Qualifiers, but if the funds allow we would like to send all the nine boxers and that is most possible, BNOC will advise on the financial part and I can’t predict on the number of boxers to be sent,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mandela African Boxing Cup was meant to recognise the role of South Africa’s first democratic President Nelson Mandela in his fight for liberation and to inspire young boxers to reach new heights. About 360 boxers from 41 African countries are participated in the competition and it featured 12 Elite IBA Women’s Categories and 13 Elite IBA Men’s categories.

It was organised by the International Boxing Association (IBA, African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) and the South African Boxing Organization (SANABO) at a prize fund of $500,000. The competition’ semi-finals were held the 20th April while the finals took place on the 21st April 2024.

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