Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
GABORONE - Defending champions South Africa are hungry to win the regional Zone V1 Amateur Boxing Championships crown back to back .
The tournament, being held In Gaborone, Botswana, started on Wednesday and ends tomorrow.
SA team manager Peter Armstrong said their intention to win back the crown is emphasized by the fact that they have brought all the four gold medal winners who brought South Africa glory at the regional championships in Nambia last year.
The gold medallists are Hector Budler from Gauteng (48kg); Jackson Chauke from Gauteng (51kg); Thabiso Mchunu from KwaZulu-Natal (91kg) and Goodman Zanempi from North West (64kg).
Chauke is also a silver medalist from last year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
The South African team is made up of nine boxers.
Of the 11 slots at this tournament they have not fielded fighters for only two divisions.
Two of the South African boxers, Masana Manganyi (69kg) and Sivuyile Ngwevela (54kg) are making their debut in the Zone VI level.
Hopes are high in the South African team that the gold medal tally will improve from last year's haul.
South Africa opened the event well with 75kg man Kwanele Zulu overcoming his Swaziland opponent Thanda Mkhatshwa after four rounds.
The other South Africans were billed to fight in seven bouts.