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Boxers off to Cameroon


THE national boxing team yesterday left for Cameroon with coach Kennedy Kanyanta bubbling with confidence that the pugilists will excel at the Olympic Games qualifying tournament.
Kanyanta said in an interview yesterday in Lusaka before the team’s departure to Yaoundé that the technical bench is targeting qualifying at least three boxers out of the five for the Brazil games.
“We are ready, they [boxers] are determined to conquer Africa. Their mentality is right and they are focused on doing the country proud…we have told them that they are ambassadors for Zambia and they need to show that the country has good fighters.
“Boxing being an unpredictable sport, we have set our sight on qualifying at least three boxers to the Olympics. But on their day everyone in this team is capable of making it,” Kanyanta said.
And England boxing trainer Mick Driscoll says the boxer’s fighting technique has improved.
Driscoll said the boxers are now able to control the fights against their opponents.
“When I came here [Zambia], their technique was poor, they have assimilated the new techniques and the difference is noticeable. The local coaches here have been tremendous and allowed me to introduce a few things here and there.
“Zambia has one of the best boxers on the continent, they have the body and the strength but need to work more on their speed.
The team comprises middleweight Ben Muziyo, Karisto Bwalya (flyweight), Mbachi Kaonga (welterweight) and bantamweight Emmanuel Ngoma. Flyweight Juliana Kasonka is the only female boxer in the team.

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