Eight Malawian boxers are camping in Zambia in preparation for the Olympic Africa qualifiers scheduled for February 17 to 29 in Dakar, Senegal.
The boxers, Alick John, LytonKabulika, Charles Nchombo, Snowden Munyanje, Harvey Nkacha, Yamikani Mtambo, Ibrahim Jafali and one female boxer, HajilaSinani, arrived in Zambia on Monday and will train up to Saturday.
Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) president PysonLikagwa said the eight boxers were selected because they have potential to excel in the sport.
“Those selected have been active. You may recall that recently we participated in a five-nation Boxing Championship in Zimbabwe. Our camping in Zambia is just an extension of our preparations,” he said.
According to Likagwa, the boxers will also have sparring sessions with their Zambian counterparts.
“After the training, they will return home for a breather.. The selected ones and a few others will then been called into camp to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers in Dakar,” he said.
Likagwa said Maba will meet transport costs while the hosts will be responsible for other expenses.
Speaking in an interview, one of the boxers, Nkacha said he is looking forward to benefiting from the training in Zambia.
“I am happy that Maba has considered me to be part of the squad. I am training hard so that I should do better,” he said. Coach Cassim Makwinja said he is optimistic that the boxers will do the nation proud.