Legendary boxer buried at Ongwediva

Boxers from across Namibia on Saturday joined hundreds of mourners to pay last tribute to the legendary boxing guru, HiskiaShigwedha, who died in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 17 July due to long sickness.

He was laid to rest at the municipal cemetery of his hometown of Ongwediva. Speaker after speaker described Shigwedha as a committed and disciplined sport personality in both boxing and football fraternity.

Shigwedha started his boxing career in 1977 at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region under the late AbiudKanambunga's coaching.

Besides being a legendary boxing guru, those in the football circle such as his team mate in the defunct Oshakati-based Sporting Club, Bishop RaimoHaimbili, told the mourners that Shigwedha was also a disciplined footballer.

Shigwedha is said to have trained boxing along with other legendary boxers such as Noah Tjombonde, Harry Simon and JaysenPetrus while in Walvis Bay.

He in 1980 moved to Tsumeb, where he joined the Tsumeb Corporation Limited (TCL) boxing club and trained along with retired boxers such as Nestor Tobias, LiziasAngula and TimotyHaikonda.

Shigwedha, as national champion, has represented Namibia before independence (1982-1987) at various boxing championships at Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

He later moved to northern Namibia, where he became a trainer of boxers along with other boxing lovers such as Joe Archer Shikongo, IsaakElishi, FaulyKakongo, Mathew Ndeshitila, Festus Endjala, VainoAmukwa and the late Edward 'Man of Action' Wilbard.

Shigwedha was also a boxing referee-judge. He is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren and a sister.

Source: Namibia Press Agency