Hero’s welcome for UFH foursome on their return from World Student Boxing Games in Turkey
Four University of Fort Hare students who represented South Africa during the World Student Boxing Games held in Turkey were given a hero’s welcome when they returned to campus last week.
Sibonile Njungwini, Likho Ngcai, Vuyolwethu Dila and Likhona Ncomani were part of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) team that participated in the games. The two ladies, Dila and Ncomani brought home two bronze medals of the total three the South African team bagged during the games.
A red carpet was rolled at the main gates of the Alice Campus as students across various sporting codes took some time to welcome them home and celebrate their medals.
The UFH Head of Sports, Mr. Loyiso Lange said: “It is through efforts like these that we are able to reach our destiny. The kind of unity sportsmen and women demonstrate on and off the field will always help us to perform to the best of our ability.”
The ever-determined little dynamite, Dila who was on her second trip to Turkey in less than ten months, demonstrated confidence before the trip, declaring: “They do not know us, but when we come back home the world will be talking about us and the University of Fort Hare.”
At 57 kg, a soft-spoken but hard-hitting bronze medallist, Ncomani said: “Yes, the competition was tough but the stage did not scare me. I was well conditioned and I had prepared for this for a long time”.
For the guys, it was a learning curve as they returned home with the spirit of winning and pride for representing the UFH and the country. They also got to experience the world stage.
Commenting on the joyous welcome home celebration, the team shared the sentiment that it was an unexpected surprise “It was exciting because we felt that boxing finally got the recognition it deserves. The warm welcome also proved to us that there are people watching and supporting us. It was truly amazing,” said the foursome.