Female boxers scoop gold, qualify for national championships

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Members of the UNIZULU Boxing team who participated in the provincial championships earlier this month are (from left to right) Nomcebo Mpungose, Manqoba Ntshangase, Welile Zondi, Lindani Buthelezi, Bheki Mngomezulu (coach) and Zamafuze Ngcobo

Three female students from the University Of Zululand (UNIZULU) have qualified for the national boxing championships to be held in Cape Town next month, after scooping gold at the KwaZulu-Natal Championships.
The three students, Welile Zondi (81+kg), Nomcebo Mpungose (60 kg) and Zamafuze Ngcobo (52kg) won the rights to represent KZN after winning gold in their respective divisions at the provincial tournament held on June 12. Zondi, who won her fight with a knock out, was named the best newcomer of the tournament. Ngcobo, who won on points, was also crowned the best female boxer of the tournament. UNIZULU had sent a total of five boxers to the provincial tournament. The team included the three female boxers and two male boxers. The two male boxers Lindani Buthelezi (69kg), Manqoba Ntshangase (56kg) got silver after losing on points in the finals. All five boxers made it to the provincial championships after excelling at the uThungulu Elite Boxing Championship tournament held on May 30. The boxers won gold at the tournament, held in Nkandla which was a qualifier for the KZN Boxing Championships. At that tournament three other boxers from UNIZULU lost in the finals and got silver medals while three others got Bronze medals. Star boxer, Sbonelo Ndzimandze could not compete in the tournament as he is a Swazi national. Ndzimandze is one of the most accomplished boxers on campus boasting accolades which include winning the first prize in the Swaziland national championships in 2013. He has now qualified for the World Varsity games this year while he is also looking forward to representing his country in the All Africa Games and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.