The least known Ga-Maguduza section of Strekfontein village in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality is a best kept secret for boxing fraternity. Daily, young men of school-going ages gather at the homestead of Mr Phillipos Matšomane to hone their boxing skills.
According to Mr Matšomane the daily routine of these boxing legends in the making include going to school at the local Moganetšwa Primary and Good Hope Secondary, doing homework together, running on the hills, fitness exercises, sparring and punching.
As a community activist, sport enthusiast and a community builder, Matšomane uses boxing to instil the values of discipline and strict adherence to the principles of athletic success. He also uses his constant contact with young men to mentor them into responsible, caring and considerate adults.
As the President of Matšomane Boxing Club he said his club educates the young boxing charges to become a good example to their peers, starting with sharing in home chores such as drawing water and washing dishes for them to internalise the values of non-sexism and respect for women.
“I am committed to producing holistically useful champions who will add value to society and to boxing as they punching their way to the titles of the future” said Matšomane
He further said their club has not received any form of funding and they use his thatched spare room to train, punch and lift without much room for more than 20 athletes daily.
“Our biggest headache at the moment is transport to tournaments and the parents are so poor you won’t even know how to ask them to pay for transport fees” he added
As things go at the Strekfontein improvised gym at Matšomane household young champs of the future are pumping much needed inspiration into their hearts as they sharpen sharpen their minds with daily dose of practice and sparring matches.
One of Matšomane Boxing Club’s seasoned boxers Bongani Khumalo (19) says his time to represent South Africa at any Olympic or other level has come and wished boxing promoters from Boxing South Africa could visit and give them a platform to shine.
“I have more fight in me, I only need to take it out there in the canvass” said enthusiastic Bongani