The academy was launched in Windhoek and it will rally behind the theme, “Building Champions where Winning is the Goal” and the boxing institute will be led by businessman Kriata Kamanya, who is the Executive Chairperson. During the launch of the academy, Kamanya said he had always been a fervent boxing fanatic and that he has been involved in the boxing fraternity for a while. He said that he saw the need to develop boxing further to another level as he felt there is the right volume of talent in the country.
“We, Salute Boxing Academy, need to focus on the community as there is a vital pool of talent in the country,” he said excitedly.
According to Salute Trading spokesperson Friedrich Nghiyolwa, the academy will cater for
amateur, professional boxers as well as health conscious individuals and will soon open its doors in the near future.
The board of the academy will consist of six members who will have their active roles in the day to day running of the academy and these include Kamanya himself, Linus Indongo as the academy’s deputy chairman, Friedrich Nghiyolwa, spokesperson, Abel Amutse will be on the logistical side of things, Valeno Niipare will be in the information technology department and Taleni Mutilifa who will be handling the legal affairs. Also present at the event was boxer/ promoter Smoky Hilongo of Warrior Promotions who has been trading leather for the past 15 years, he commended the effort by Salute Boxing Academy to enter into the boxing field and feels this will improve the boxing scenario a lot. Johannes Mwetupunga also made an appearance and hinted on his support as he mentioned his status as a free agent who is ready to work with the new organisation.
Currently the stable has no boxers signed under them but according to them, plans are in the pipeline to stage their first competition which will be announced at a later date.