SWABA cham­pi­onships shifted to Jan­uary 20

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sa­belo Ma­jola

BOX­ING - Due to the un­for­tu­nate demise of fe­male boxer Delisile Msibi, the Swazi­land Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Swazi­land (SWABA) has shifted its cham­pi­onships to Jan­uary 20.

The cham­pi­onships were sched­uled for next weekend, but they have since been shifted to ac­com­mo­date the funeral of Msibi who was al­legedly mur­dered by her boyfriend. This was dis­closed by SWABA Pres­i­dent Pearl Dlamini.

“We are still shat­tered by the death of Delisile, especially in the man­ner at which she died hence we have de­cided to shift the cham­pi­onships so that we sup­port the fam­ily dur­ing the funeral,” said Dlamini.

SWABA is also ex­pected to send a seven men team to Mozam­bique af­ter the cham­pi­onships to com­pete against their re­gional coun­ter­parts from several coun­tries such as South Africa, Zim­babwe, Le­sotho and Botswana in a five day cham­pi­onships slated for Ma­puto from Fe­bru­ary 21-25.

Some of the lo­cal box­ers ex­pected to make it through to Mozam­bique in­clude the likes of Thabiso Dlamini, Zweli Dlamini, Phum­lani Sha­bal­ala and Sthem­biso Sha­bal­ala who will be com­pet­ing in several cat­e­gories such as the 49kg, 52 kg, 56 kg and 60 kg. Both the cham­pi­onships and the Mozam­bique tour­na­ment are a build-up to the Aus­tralia Gold-Coast Com­mon­wealth Games to be held in April.

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