Aspiring Chitungwiza’s St Mary’s ward 1 councillor and veteran sports journalist Gilbert Munetsi hosted the Harare Province Boxing Tournament where more than 15 clubs from across the country converged.

The event also sought to unearth possible talent for selection into the National Youth Games.

The sports journalist turned politician and director of Box Africa Academy is seeking political office in St Mary’s ward 1 council. 

The tournament had over 21 bouts from more than the 15 clubs that attended and was also used to select boxers to represent Harare Province at the forthcoming National Youth Games set for the Midlands later this year.

“Through our partnership with overseas partner Sydtangney, we have been building our roots here in Chitungwiza where there is an abundance of talent and hope to put it to good use,” he said.

The tournament is the third to be hosted by Box Africa following another at Huruyadzo in St Mary’s and Domboshava with the aim of making the sport of boxing visible and in tandem with the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation to tap and nurture talent.

Box Africa Academy houses over 20 budding boxers.

The events have uplifted the lives of youths in the area by giving them career opportunities through sport and the arts thus helping in reducing vices and substance abuse.