Zimbabwe Boxing Federation Focus On Junior Development

After holding their first tournament in more than a year, Zimbabwe Boxing Federation technical director Steven Masiyambumbi says they need to channel their efforts more on grassroots development if they are to produce results at major competitions.

The tournament was held in Victoria Falls over the weekend with boxers from different provinces taking part.

The national tournament was the first after more than a year without competition.

“We managed to have 21 bouts. From the 21 bouts we managed to have two female boxers. But overall, the tournament was a success and it gave us an opportunity to actually assess our boxers like our juniors and youth.

“Most of the bouts were for juniors and there was good competition. It showed us that as ZBF we need to put more concentration on juniors.

“In order for us to have medals at Olympic Games, All Africa Games (African Games) especially major Games, we need to be serious in junior development, so that if we start to groom those boxers from grassroots up to elite, we can produce true champions for the country,” said Masiyambumbi.

Boxing was one of the few sport codes that were earmarked to qualify for the Olympics but failed.

Bulawayo and Victoria Academy dominated the tournament.

Some of the highlights were Bulawayo’s Ndabezinhle Phiri beating Mandlenkosi Marusenga of Masvingo in the bantamweight category on points.

Mollen Hunda from Bulawayo as well overpowered Lloyd Muchibilikwa in the welterweight division.