Amateur Zambia camp in balance
Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) plans to send an amateur squad for regional training in Lusaka, Zambia hangs in limbo due to lack of funds.
The 11-member squad including two coaches was expected to leave the country this weekend to train and spar with fellow boxers from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Maba’s President, Pyson Likagwa, said they were looking for K3.7 million to take part in the exercise in preparation for 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifying games set for Senegal next month.
“Currently we are banking on Malawi Olympic Committee to fund the trip. In the meantime, the boxers are already camping in Lilongwe in readiness of the trip,” he said.
If the tip materialises, the squad is expected to train and spar from Monday to Friday before taking part in non-title bouts on Saturday.
Likagwa said the regional camp was crucial as boxers will gain exposure ahead of the qualifying championship.
“They will be using good facilities under the guidance of top trainers. We struggle at major events due to among other things inadequate preparations and this is one of the ways to address those challenges,” he said.
Meanwhile, Moc Administration Manager, Naomi Chinatu, said they were still considering Maba’s proposal.
“Maba gave us a proposal but we haven’t made any decision on whether we should support them,” she said.