Harare – A boxing bonanza featuring top pugilists from Southern Africa will enter the ring in September to celebrate Tanzania’s contributions to the region’s liberation struggles.
Tanzania lent much assistance to freedom fighters from Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Zimabbwe, housing nationalists and refugees at places such Morogoro, Mgagao and Dodoma from the 1960s through to the 1990s.
The boxing tournament to celebrate this contribution will become an annual event and is being organised by the World Africa Boxing Association (WABA) in association with the Government of Tanzania. It will be held at Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Fighters College in Morogoro.
Dubbed the Tanganyika Trail Boxing Bonanza, the meet will bring together boxers from Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Fighters from other countries will also be invited.
The tournament will be preceded by visits to military and refugee camps of the liberation era, as well as safari tours of Udzungwa and Mikumi national parks.
Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board general secretary Lawrence Zimbudzana said this week, “The occasion offers a unique opportunity for the war veterans and youths in the region to retrace the region’s liberation journey.
“It is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of sport in promoting tourism and enhancing bilateral relations and maintenance of peace among our Southern African nations. We are excited to be part of this inaugural event and we expect a very good outing in Tanzania.”The event convenor, Onesmo Ngowi, who is president of WABA, has hinted that there is a possibility of hosting this annual sports tourism event by countries on a rotational basis.”