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LOBAMB A – After running for two terms, Eswatini Boxing Association (EBA) President Pearl Dlamini has voluntarily decided not to stand for presidency elections.

 She disclosed this during her president address during the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) which was held yesterday at OlympAfrica Centre.

“I want to openly declare that I have taken a well-thoughtout decision of not standing for the elections this time around. I have been your president since 2012 and I cannot be selfish enough to hold onto the post. It is time for change for the sake of our boxers.I wish that as we nominate our candidate, let us nominate people who will put the interest of the sport first,” said Dlamini.

She explained that the boxers would have to nominate other candidates for the post of president but not her.


“This AGM you will nominate your candidate and we will await a go-ahead from AIBA vetting and approval and you will be notified on the new election date. The waiting period for the nominated candidates usually takes 30 days,” she added.

Nominated for president are outgoing Vice President and Manzini Boxing Club representative Webster Lukhele, outgoing Treasurer and Matsapha Representative Vincent Sihlongonyane and Zebra Force Founder Charles Mahlalela.

Running for the vice president role are Ingwe Boxing Club’s Emmanuel Du-Pont, Simunye Boxing Club’s   Nothando Dlamini, Webster Lukhele, Mpendulo Mbingo of Correctional   Boxing Club and Sandile ‘Kidzo’ Shongwe, who is a referee and judge.        

On the other hand, the EBA outgoing president gave AIBA gloves to Thabiso Dlamini, Zweli Dlamini and national team coach Fanana Dlamini. She said this was a surprise present from her from The International Boxing Association (AIBA) to the young boxers and the coach.

The boxers and coach thanked the president for the kind gesture.

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