Our four-strong boxing code at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana are confident of making their mark on the medals table, writes Mark Etheridge.
Originally five boxers were supposed to make the trip but Nthabiseng Didi was a late withdrawal.
Explained manager Hans Britz: “She broke her arm while training at the gym recently, but I’m not sure exactly how she did it.
“But this squad should definitely bring back medals. I’m not sure exactly how many but if we got four I’d be floating on cloud nine.
Our boxers are: Azinga Fuzile (60kg), Edwin Tshabalala (49kg), Sizwe Ngema (64kg) and the only female boxer, Julienne Smith (60kg).
“Azinga took part in the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria four weeks ago and had a 1-1 record. His loss was a huge upset to the guy who went on to win gold and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.
“Sizwe also has great ability and just needs to work on his head games
“As for Edwin, he also went to the World Championships but had to up his game a bit. He’s got the talent and I can see the improvement.”
Britz was also hopeful of young Smith’s chances.
“She recently had her first international fight against an opponent who had 22 internationals under her belt and she’s only had three fights in total. She’s a good hitter and a very scientific boxer.”
The draw for the boxing code takes place on Saturday morning.