Box­ers tipped for Africa glory

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.”

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