Boxing trio scoop medals

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Zamafuze Ngcobo pictured with boxing team coach Bheki “Skeleton” Mngomezulu recently at a tournament. Ngcobo has just scooped gold at a national tournament held in Grahamstown recently.

Zamafuze Ngcobo pictured with boxing team coach Bheki “Skeleton” Mngomezulu recently at a tournament. Ngcobo has just scooped gold at a national tournament held in Grahamstown recently.

An impressive win on points at the national boxing tournament saw University of Zululand (UNIZULU) student Zamafuze Ngcobo scoop a gold medal. Ngcobo (51kg) beat Bathabile Ziqubu, a member of Team SA, in the finals. Ngcobo, who hails from Ulundi, was one of three UNIZULU female boxers who were part of the KwaZulu-Natal team that participated in the tournament held in Grahamstown from 8 – 11 July. Other UNIZULU boxers, Welile Zondi (91kg) and Nomcebo Mpungose (60kg) won silver and bronze, respectively at the tournament. Zondi lost in the finals to a boxer from the Western Cape while Mpungose lost her semifinal fight with a boxer from Limpopo. Boxing coach Bheki “Skeleton” Mngomezulu was proud of the achievements by the entire KwaZulu-Natal team, which comprised of 23 fighters competing in various divisions. Overall the KZN team scooped position two at the tournament which saw all nine provinces participating. Meanwhile the UNIZULU boxing team last week held an awards ceremony to honour the boxers who excelled at the USSA games last year. Mngomezulu who initiated the awards ceremony three years ago said his aim was keep the boxers motivated. “By keeping these children motivated it will surely have a good impact or motivate other people who want to join the sport as they will see that there is life in boxing” Mngomezulu said. The award for Best Female Boxer went to Bongekile Qwabe, a former student, while the best Male Boxer was jointly won by Sibonelo “Mayweather” Ndzimandze and Sanele Maduna. Siyabonga Dlamini got an award for most improved boxer, while Lindani Buthelezi got the Most Supportive Boxer Award and Menzi Sithole was named Best Newcomer. All the six boxers got gold at the last University Sports South Africa (USSA) games held in December last year. Ndzimandze has just returned from competing at a tournament held in Mozambique where he represented his country, Swaziland. At the tournament Nzimande scooped silver after losing in the finals

SPHAMANDLA GUMEDE