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Anisha Basheel gets Plan International boost

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Plan International Malawi has provided K300,000 to Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxer Anisha Basheel for her preparations ahead of the non-title international bout against Tanzanian Happy Daudi on May 8 in Tanzania.

The support is going towards her gym membership, sportswear and diet ahead of the international bout.

Plan Malawi Communications and Campaign Manager Rogers Siula the support was coming through the Girls Get Equal Campaign, for which the boxer is ambassador.

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“With her ambassadorship, Anisha uses her popularity and sport to challenge gender stereotypes in male-dominated professions and inspire girls to dream big,” Siula said during the symbolic cheque presentation at Plan International Malawi Office in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

Basheel hailed Plan International Malawi for the timely boost.

“I will make sure that I represent Malawi well. I know the opponent and it will be a tough bout but I will win it,” she said.

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The two boxers also met but Basheel defeated the Tanzanian in another non-title bout at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe in 2019.

The 23-year-old boxer is using the fight as part of preparations to defend the African Boxing Union title bout against unknown opponent in September this year.

Since turning professional, Basheel has won eight bouts but lost six whereas Daudi has nine wins, a draw and nine defeats.

The MDF boxer made headlines for good reasons when she won the Commonwealth belt in 2018 after winning the African Boxing Union super lightweight belt in 2017.

She won the ABU belt having defeated Kenyan Consolata Musanga before the victory over Britain’s Samantha ‘SJ’ Smith in 2018 to clinch the Commonwealth title bout.

Basheel was accompanied by MDF Warrant Officer Class Two Chikondi Spoon.

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