Sponsored boxing gear boosts team spirit

Aspiring boxers Njabulo Mntugwa and Dimakatso Tshabalala test the newly donated boxing gloves during training. Photo: Siso Naile.


A donation of boxing equipment came at just the right time for a group of young aspiring boxers from Football Without Borders, a Zandspruit-based non-profit organisation.

The organisation was thrilled to be recognised by a small business which assisted them with much-needed equipment as they plan to formally register the boxers with the association.

“We received this boxing gear from JM Rubble and Removals, a small business owned by John Mandava, a Zimbabwean national staying in Zandspruit,” said Michael Mapfunde, the founder of the organisation.

Michael told Northsider that the donation consisted of six pairs of boxing gloves, skipping ropes and hooks and jabs, which they did not have.

He added that there was no better time to receive the boxing gear since they’ve been training with worn-out gloves which were a risk to the boxers’ knuckles. He said the extra pairs will play a vital role in allowing other children to take part in the sport. “Most of the time, we had a problem because we had a lot of children wanting to be trained but didn’t have enough equipment to benefit all. However, with these six pairs, every single child will get an opportunity to be trained,” Michael explained.

Members and contributors to Football Without Borders show off the donated boxing equipment before training. Photo: Siso Naile.

The regular training has already paved the way for three youngsters, Dimakatso Tshabalala (15), Njabulo Mtungwa (12) and Pontso Moreketla (8), who are likely to kick-start their boxing careers in the amateur ranks from next year.

“Boxing is taking over in Zandspruit. We have three rising stars, and we’re in the process of organising a visit from the boxing association to conduct assessments in the first week of December, so that they can start competing next year,” Michael said.

Dimakatso, who joined the boxing camp because she wanted to learn self-defence to be able to avoid abuse on the streets, said she ended up falling for the sport. “Self-defence was my aim but now I want to take this skill to a professional level because I’m good at it,” she said with confidence.

Training sessions are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 4pm to 5pm, and are facilitated by local coaches and fitness instructor Tanya Gouws, who teaches martial arts.


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