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Otukile grabs double at boxing awards

Light flyweight boxer, Mohammed Otukile scooped two awards at the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) awards ceremony in Gaborone on Saturday.
By Dumisani Ncube Mon 30 Nov 2015, 10:58 am (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Otukile grabs double at boxing awards








The event was meant to recognise outstanding boxers in the last two years after last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to a clash of dates with a Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) ceremony.

Otukile, who has been a marvel since the 2014 Africa Youth Games where he won a gold medal, was the main highlight when he walked away with two awards for his efforts.

He was adjudged the Male Promising Boxer of the Year for both 2014 and 2015. Otukile was a bronze medallist during the Youth Commonwealth Games held earlier this year.

The young man was visibly overwhelmed with the recognition and was lost for words, as he could not say much while receiving the award.

Officials Etsogile Ngwako and Hlanganani Digwere also bagged two awards each for the best referee and judge of the year respectively for both 2014 and 2015. Other notable winners included female boxer, Pearl Morake; a deserved award after she won the Female boxer of the Year for 2014.

In his speech, former BoBA president Michael Moroka applauded the BNSC for funding boxing

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for P1.1 million.  He however requested that the money be increased to at least P2 million to give the sport the impetus it needs.

 He also pleaded for the number of boxers to be increased in the Olympic Games team. Meanwhile, BoBA vice president, Orapeleng Mosalakgotla justified the criteria used to select nominees as there were questions from concerned individuals, including boxers on the selection method.

“We were looking at who has a better profile compared to others for the past two years,” he said, adding that those who did not win were undeserving as per their profile.

“If you take for example, Zibhani Chikanda who won the best male boxer, won awards from different tournaments while his runners up had lower credits from their profiles,” he said.

 

Winners 2014

Female boxer of the year

Pearl Morake

 

Promising boxer of the year

Mohammed Otukile

 

Referee of the year

Etsogile Ngwako

Best judge

Hlanganani Digwere

 

Promising female boxer

Kealeboga Kenosi

Lechedzani Liza

 

Winners 2015

Junior female boxer of the year

Orapeleng Ketsametsi

 

Best referee

Etsogile Ngwako

 

Judge of the year

Hlanganani Digwere

 

Coach of the year

Thebe Setlalekgosi

 

Male boxer of the year

Zibhani Chikanda

 

Boxer of the year

Koketso Dipogiso

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