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MBABANE – One of the country’s best in the boxing ring, Thabiso Dlamini may have lost his bout in South Africa (SA), but the team still brought back silverware.

Experienced and yet another talented boxer in the country, Zweli Dlamini turned the tables in the tournament to stop his opponent with a 2-1 win. Unlike Thabiso, who is fresh from the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he fought his equal while the former has no rivals in his under-69kg division. Thabiso, who felt let down by the referee in his Olympics bout back in July, ended up fighting a 72kg weighing Mandisile Nxhayimbi, who is also last year’s provincial champion. Thabiso was among a group of Eswatini boxers who travelled to the neighbouring country over the weekend to compete in the Eyethu Eastern Cape Provincial Tournament last Saturday. His bout did not go well but he still gave a good account as he lost 2-1.


However, the also experienced Zweli took to the ring against Njongo Sikweyiya, a silver medallist in last year’s provincial championships. Zweli won 2-1 before Andiswa Sibandze proved too strong for his opponent Peter Nkosibonile, who is touted as one of the best in Glenmore. It was 3-0 here as Sibandze won every round. Other winners in the Eswatini team were Bafo Dladla and Chawe Gamedze while in the women’s category, two novice (amateur) boxers Temnotfo Dlamini and Veliswa Magaywa lost their bouts but without a fight.

They both lost 2-1, Temnotfo lost to Eastern Cape champion Dawethi Dlamini while Magaywa was defeated by best Mfuzo femal e boxer, Azola Moses. They fought in the cadets division and against decorated opponents. In the end, the team got four awards for Best Coach, Best R&J, Best Youth Female bout and Best Elite Men’s bout.

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