Boxing fraternity mourns Ntjona

Boxing fraternity mourns Ntjona

MASERU-Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) is mourning the death of former boxer Thandi Ntjona who was beaten to death over the weekend in Tšenola.

The association’s spokesperson Rethabile Mohale says the 37-year-old retired boxer turned coach received a call from one of his friends on Saturday night to go and have some drinks.

Mohale said while they were having drinks a fight erupted with other people. Ntjona was ganged up on by five people and was beaten and stabbed. He was immediately rushed to hospital but died on Sunday morning, according to the hospital report.

After hanging up his gloves, Ntjona was focused on player development and was working hand in hand with former Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) president Katiso Tšenoli on the development of talent at Lithabaneng Boxing Club.

Ntjona also had his own club for young boxers that he was trying to register with the association before he died. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys and his death is now the subject of a police investigation.
No one has been arrested yet.

Mohale said LEBA has lost someone who has been in boxing for a long time and that Ntjona’s love for coaching kids and working in development is what made LEBA believe he would be an important asset as far as nurturing young talent is concerned.

“We have lost someone who has been in the game for a long time. Because he played boxing for so long we were thinking he would be great for development, and he was already working with young kids at his own club that he was trying to register,” Mohale said.

“He was working with ntate Tšenoli as well as at his own club, and he was focused on the development of (young) players. It’s a great loss,” he added.
Ntjona is well known in boxing circles, he started boxing at a young age and represented Lesotho at various international events including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England in 2002 and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Although he did not win a medal at the events, Mohale said reaching those levels is a demonstration of the quality of Ntjona’s boxing career.
Ntjona also participated in the All Africa Games in Algeria in 2007 and was involved in several Olympic Qualifiers. Locally he competed successfully in numerous tournaments. The association is awaiting communication from Ntjona’s family with regards to funeral arrangements.

Tlalane Phahla

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