Boxers tipped for Africa glory
LESOTHO Amateur Boxing Association (LABA) president, Takatso Ramakhula, has tipped Moroke Mokhotho to win a medal once again at next month’s All-africa Games set for Brazzaville in the Congo.
The 24-year-old boxer was a bronze medalist at the last edition of the quadrennial showcase held in Mozambique in 2011 and has continued to do well since then.
“Mokhotho will be spearheading our team in the hunt for medals in Congo and i have no doubt he will succeed and do our country proud,” Ramakhula said.
“he was among a team of boxers who recently went on a two-week camp in Botswana where he won the two fights he took part in.”
Ramakhula further said he was convinced the sevenmember boxing team would do well during the 4–19 september multisport tournament.
“i’m very happy with our boxers’ preparations leading to the All-africa Games, which include two of our boxers taking part in world championship qualifiers for the African Zone set for 15-22 August in Morocco. i believe this will also boost their performance ahead of the All-africa Games,” said Ramakhula.
“We would have loved to send all the seven boxers to Morocco, but that will not be possible due to lack of funds.
“Mokhotho’s performance has been outstanding over the last two years and as things stand, i don’t think anything can stop him from achieving his goals.
“his two wins in Botswana are a sign that he is clearly a man on a mission.”
According to Ramakhula, other boxers such as Mokhachane Moshoeshoe, Qhobosheane Mohlerephe and Mothunyane Khauhelo, also have a chance to excel should they receive a favourable draw.
“Our performance will largely depend on the draw as it also plays its part in any sporting event. however, what i boldly tell the nation is that we have a bunch of good boxers and their recent performance while in camp in Botswana was very promising.
“The only worrying thing is that most of the countries headed for Congo will be sending their athletes for the Morocco qualifiers while we will only have two representatives.
“The Morocco qualifiers will be a big stage for all boxers on the continent and it would have been an ideal competition to prepare our athletes for the All-africa Games.
“Unfortunately, lack of funds continues to hurt the progress of the sport which is really bad because the 2016 Olympic Games are also looming large and we need our boxers to qualify for the global event.”