The Northern Region will soon produce quality boxers if a boxing nursery school Moyale Barracks has set up is anything to go by.
A visit to the nursery by The Nation this week established that over 50 youths aged between eight and 14 are being drilled in boxing by coach Lasco Simwanza.
On a number of occasions, the young boxers have curtain-raised bouts at Obligado Leisure Park in Mzuzu.
So far, Moyale Barracks has produced Chikumbutso Kalua who has defeated all opponents he has fought.
Moyale Barracks acting spokesperson Captain James Kamphenga and Simwanza confirmed the news in separate interviews, but could, however, not disclose who is funding the project.
Kamphenga said the barracks thought that was the only way to keep the youth busy and away from bad behaviour.
Said Kamphenga: “As Moyale Barracks, we are determined to keep our youths busy by introducing them to various sporting activities so that they grow into responsible citizens.”
In his remarks, Simwanza said he has been drilling the boxers for three months now and thinks he is making a great mark in the sport.
Meanwhile, one of Northern Region’s boxing sponsors, Dunstan Nyamazi, and regional boxing committee chairperson Stewart Moyo have applauded Moyale Barracks for the gesture, saying the North will soon have a crop of great boxers.