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BOXERS ZWELI, CULLUM SWEEP THE BOARDS

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MBABANE – It was young boxers in Zweli Dlamini and Cullum Mathews, who stole the show during the National Championships finals.

The two left the MDS Hall where the Eswatini Boxing Association (EBA) had hosted the championships with the most accolades. Dlamini was named the best boxer in the seniors’ category while Mathews was outstanding in the youth category. Dlamini and Mathews were further honoured with taking part in the best bouts for the seniors and juniors’ categories, respectively. Dlamini fought against Khayelihle Shongwe of Correctional while Mathews was in action against Mancoba Dlamini of Ubombo in their respective bouts.

Both boxers were also part of the fighters who received gold medals for winning their bouts, including yesterday’s finals. It was the icing on top of the cake for Dlamini after his team, Matsapha Boxing Club were crowned the best team of the National Championships. Dlamini’s renowned teammate Thabiso Dlamini also received a gold medal after defeating Ubombo’s Thandokuhle Dlamini, winning on retirement. The championships were filled with excitement and disappointment for the boxers and spectators who had crammed the MDS hall. Kid Mamba’s Mneli Nkambule became emotional after a shoulder dislocation in his fight against Ingwe’s Sifiso Ngwenya.

He could not hold back his tears after the referee ruled the match in favour of Ngwenya on RSCH. Many could not believe their eyes when he forced back the dislocated shoulder back to its normal position and begged the match officials to allow him to continue with the match which appeared to be going in his favour. However, the match officials had to stop the match in fear that he might hurt himself more. Matsapha’s Andiswa Sibandze was also exceptional after winning the 60kg seniors category following a convincing final against Tambankulu’s Sifiso Dlamini. Sibandze had beaten Falakhe Vilakazi in their earlier match of the semi-finals. Present during the finals was EBA Patron Prince Masitsela, Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga and EBA executive among another officials and guests.

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