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Maba warns non-performing amateurs

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Henry Sakala

Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has warned amateur boxers that have been earmarked for Birmingham Commonwealth Games to improve their performance or risk being dropped.

Maba President Pyson Likagwa was reacting to the dismal performance of amateurs during their recent outing to Tete, Mozambique, where nine out of 10 amateurs lost their bouts.

“Much as we understand that they did not camp for a long time we still expected them to do better because some of them went to Lesotho for Region 5 Youth Games last year. We want them to continue training even when they are not in camp. Most of the defeats come due to lack of fitness,” he said.

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Likagwa said they were hoping that the amateurs would improve in their next assignment slated for Zambia.

“We have been told that the delegation for Commonwealth Games will not include journeymen. Now it is time for our boxers to do well in Zambia. They must show that they have improved,” he said.

Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi (CGAM) Treasurer General Henry Sakala advised Maba officials to monitor amateurs training.

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“As we said, we want to compete and not participate. Therefore, selected boxers should be the ones that can compete for medals,” he said.

During the amateurs’ recent outing, Elias Bonzo won his fight but his compatriots Martine Mwandira, Patson Ledson, Harvey Mkacha, Snowden Munyanje, Ibrahim Jafali, Mphatso Mateuza, Natasha Maya, Esnart Jafali and Ibrahim Lingson lost.

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