By John Tuerijama
FEMALE boxing coach, 28-year-old Saima Amesho, has big dreams, and says she is aiming to become a national mentor, so she can take her charges to the All-Africa Games and the Commonwealth Games.
Amesho, who was the only female coach at the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup, held in Otjiwarongo over the weekend, marshalled the Oshana boxing team, which ended second overall.
The talkative coach said that her passion for boxing started in 2012, at the Oshakati-based Kilimandjaro Boxing Club, where she was the assistant mentor from 2013 to 2014.
She has eventually gone on to become the amateur boxing coach at the stable.
“I started coaching boxing, because there is nothing happening in this region, so boxing is my passion; I dream and eat boxing every day. I must thank Immanuel Jason who assisted me during the initial stages of my career,” said Amesho.
This past weekend she clinched the Coach of the Tournament award and expressed her gratitude to the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy for staging the event.
“I am very, very happy that I won the award, and am hoping that next year I can repeat the same feat. We will surely prepare our boys to the fullest of our abilities, to upset our opponents, and eventually clinch the overall title,” said the female coach.
“I am so proud of my achievement and the overall performance of the Oshana region, and come next year we will be a force to be reckoned with.
“ Yes, I was the only female coach at the event, and my desire is to win future regional events, and after I am done with my training as a coach in Windhoek, I will work hard, so that the national boxing body can notice me and eventually appoint me as a national coach for some junior teams,” Amesho said.
She could not hide her enthusiasm and said she currently preparing her young boxers for a boxing event in Oshakati next month.
Despite coming second overall, the coach expressed her dismay over some of the decisions taken by the officials at the tournament.
“I am not happy with some decisions taken by the referees, as it disadvantaged my boxers. We were supposed to have won some bouts, but some decisions were truly unfavourable,” coach said.
She said although boxing is dominated by men, she is not deterred, and urged other women to take up boxing coaching as a career.
Amesho wants to finish her coaching training, in order to be a certified coach, and in future, she hopes to one day have her own boxing stable in Oshana.
She said if the regional council can assist her, in establishing her own stable, she will lure in young girls to take up the sport.
Amesho said that the current Boxing and Wrestling Control Act discriminates against women, as it does not allow women to take up boxing as a career.
Oshana entered a total of 22 boxers in the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup, but the coach hopes to increase the number of boxers at the 2018 edition of the tournament.
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