Zone 6 games: Masiyambumbi the boxing torch-bearer

Youthful pugilist Samson Masiyambumbi has emerged as the torch-bearer for the country’s boxing fortunes at the coming Zone 6 regional Youth Games, to be held in Bulawayo in December.

A total of 10 countries are scheduled to battle it out in the games, a biennial sport platform aimed at improving the development of sport in the SADC region in preparation for higher continental and global sport competitions.

Athletics, boxing, basketball, netball, tennis, swimming, football and judo make up the disciplines that will see about 4,000 youths hunting for gold.

Masiyambumbi has shown he can rise to glory in boxing. “This is the young man that we have seen to be above the others in the boxing team for the Zone 6 games. We know his skills and we are confident we will be satisfied by them,” said Goodwill Sibanda, the Zimbabwe Armature Boxing Association Secretary-General, in a recent interview.

Masiyambumbi’s flashes of brilliance were spotted when he knocked out famous pugilist Siyabonga Nkosi of Midlands in super flyweight category at an invitational tournament last month. Since then he has been a wonder kid.

“All in all we are looking at a team of 16 pugilists from the light-fly to middle-weight categories. The preparations are going on smoothly as we have appointed an experienced coach, Mthulisi Moyo to lead the boys. We should be able to scoop a number of medals,” added Sibanda.

He decried the lack of sponsorship and urged the corporate world to chip in so that regional tours by players can be facilitated before the games roar into life.

“We would want to travel to countries like Zambia and Botswana with the players so that they see what is being done there. However we are financially constrained. If someone out there could come forward and help us, it would be the best thing to happen to us,” said Sibanda.

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