20 February 2013

Namibia: Ekandjo Rallies Behind Boxers

SPORT Minister Jerry Ekandjo yesterday called on Namibians to support Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda's world title fight "en masse" at Ramatex next month.

Ambunda, who will challenge Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand for the WBO bantamweight world title, and his support cast have done the nation proud as the global audience is fixated on the country, Ekandjo said.

Also in the spotlight on March 2 are Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses, Bethuel 'Tyson' Ushona, and Vikapita 'Beastmaster' Meroro.

"These boxers are putting Namibia on the map. When you are in the ring, you know that the nation and the whole world is watching you," Ekandjo told reporters.

He added that it was crucial for the entire nation to support the MTC Sunshine Boxing Academy in their bid to raise N$4.2 million in order to successfully stage the fight.

So far the Academy has successfully partnered with Suzuki Windhoek and launched a competition in which a car can be won.

A fundraising dinner is planned for Thursday evening at the Windhoek Country Club to give corporate Namibia an opportunity to pledge their support.

"I'm appealing to all Namibians across the board to render their maximum support to these boxers," Ekandjo said.

Ekandjo also said the hosting such a prestigious event is in itself a source of national pride.

"It's something every country is dreaming of. This is also a contribution to the economy of the country as many people from abroad will be coming to watch the fight," Ekandjo said.

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