Tanzanite Manyara Club holds sway in 2020 Club Championships

14Sep 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzanite Manyara Club holds sway in 2020 Club Championships

THE 2020 National Open Boxing Club Championships climaxed in Babati District, Manyara yesterday, with Tanzanite Manyara Club ending as the overall winners.

Ngome JWTZ's Alex Isendi (L) in action against Sebastian John from MMJKT in Lightweight category bout of this year's National Boxing Club Championship, which took place in Manyara recently. Isendi, also national team captain, won by points 4-1. PHOTO; COURTESY OF OBFT

The Tanzania Open Boxing Federation (OBFT)-organized showpiece, which started on October 6, had brought together 10 boxing clubs from across the country.

The clubs are Dar es Salaam's Ngome JWTZ, Band Coy JWTZ, National Service Headquarters (MMJKT), JKT Mbweni, JKT Mgulani, Coast Region's JKT Ruvu, Arusha boxing team, Kagera Boxing Club and hosts' Tarangire Manyara Boxing Club and Tanzanite Manyara Boxing Club.   

Lukelo Willilo, OBFT secretary general, disclosed the yesterday final had 10 fights taking place, with Head of Training and Operations of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF), Alfred Kapinga, gracing the closing ceremony.

Kapinga had represented Manyara Regional Commissioner, Joseph Mkirikiti, in the event. The championship had 50 bouts taking place.

In the Light Flyweight division, National Service Headquarters (MMJKT)'s Abdallah Mohamed walked away with gold medal, beating Christian Charles of Tanzanite Manyara Club by points in a pulsating fight.

Tanzanite Manyara Club's Steven Anastaz, an up-and-coming boxer, clinched Flyweight division gold medal with victory over experienced fighter George Constantine of Ngome JWTZ.

The Bantamweight category saw JWTZ's Ezra Paul lift gold medal, beating MMJKT's Boniface Mlingwa by points 4-1.

Mlingwa had also taken part in the African Championship, held in Senegal in February this year, and served as qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics.

In the Lightweight category, MMJKT's Hamdani Issa laid his hands on the gold medal, getting the better of JKT Mbweni's Said Kanenda via Referee Stop the Contest because of Head Blows (RSCH).

The Light Welterweight category fight ended with Tanzanite Manyara's Abdallah Mfaume lifting gold medal with victory over Alex Isendi of Ngome JWTZ.

Isendi is also national boxing team's captain.

Adam Hassan of Tanzanite Manyara won Welterweight category's gold medal, outclassing Raban Tansan of Tarangire Manyara.

Haruna Sinundo of MMJKT had the last laugh in Middleweight division fight, winning gold medal with victory over Joshua Shedrack of Kagera through Referee Stops the Contest becuse of Medical (RSCM).

Ngome JWTZ's Yusuf Changalawe won gold medal in Light Heavyweight category, posting a knockout (KO) victory over Kagera's Geoffrey Peter.

Changalawe, also a national boxing team's member, was the only Tanzanian boxer who reached quarterfinals of the African Championship.

Musa Changarawe of Ngome JWTZ clinched gold medal in Heavyweight category with victory over Nalisisi Miyanga of Kagera.

Changarawe had as well laid his hands on gold medal in Light Heavyweight category of the 2020 National Open Championship, which took place in Dar es Salaam in August.

The Super Heavyweight category fight pitting MMJKT's Alex Sita against Athanas Mgugusi ended with Sita lifting gold medal, beating Mgugusi by KO in the second round.

Guest of honour, Kapinga, and Manyara Regional Administrative Secretary, Missaile Musa, presented medals to the winners and the overall winers' trophy to the Tanzanite Manyara Club.

Tanzanite Manyara Club posted 19 points to grab the overall winners' silverware, followed by MMJKT in the second position, having recorded 18 points..

Ngome JWTZ took the third spot, posting 15 points.

Kapinga and Musa moreover presented certificates to six boxing referees and judges who completed the Level One course, and as many officials who had attended the Level Two course.

The training, overseen by OBFT instructors Mohamed Kasilamatwe, Riadha Iddi Kimweri and Mafuru Mafuru, started on September 3 and came to an end yesterday.

Willilo also presented certificates of appreciation to Kapinga, Mkirikiti, Musa, Manyara Sports Officer Maguzu, Babati Sports Officer Fabian Manda and John Kahembe, a boxing sponsor in Manyara, for backing boxing promotion domestically.

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