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MBABANE – Boxing coach Fanana ‘Tyson’ Dlamini has described the late boxer, Khulekani Shiba, as among the best boxers in the country.

The brother to 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Simanga Shiba died on Friday. He died at a time when he was no longer active in the sport. Dlamini described the late boxer as a rare talent in the sport. “It was unfortunate that he quit the sport in his prime. He could have done better and represented the country in bigger tournaments if he never quit. This is one challenge that is faced by clubs, boxers quitting at a young age,” he said. Dlamini recalled that the late Shiba finished in the semi-finals of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region V Games in Zambia and brought home a bronze medal. He was also among the best performers in the country.


Dlamini said he had travelled with about six boxers. “In the 2017 National Championships, he lost to Mzwandile Kekane in one of the best bouts to be hosted during the national championships. We really lost a great player and my condolences to his family and friends,” he added. The Malkerns Boxing Club pugilist was laid to rest on Sunday, where a number of boxers showed up but the numbers were kept at minimum due to the COVID-19 regulations. The demise of Shiba was confirmed by the Eswatini Boxing Association (EBA) President Webster Lukhele on Friday.

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