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Kenya’s Boxing Team, Hit Squad Close Win At The AFBC Championships

Kenya’s boxing team, The Hit Squad almost came to a win at the Africa Boxing Championships as three of them powered their way into the finals of the annual boxing extravaganza held at Maputo, Mozambique.

The team’s captain Nick “Commander” Okoth (light weight) and his assistant Elizabeth Andiego (heavy weight) bagged silver medals after fighting against Andrew Chilata and of Morocco Khadija Mardi respectively.

Feather weight Samuel Njau also stormed a silver medal after battling it out against Mozambique’s Rugoberto Sigauque.

Boniface Mugunde settled for a bronze after crashing out in the semi finals while Shaffi Bakari, David Karanja, Amina Martha and Christine Ongare all bowed out in the early stages of the annual boxing championship.

For their efforts, Okoth, Andiego and Njau pocketed Sh602,000 each while Mugunde bagged Sh300,000.

The team returns tomorrow ( Tuesday).

Record number of eleven countries earned gold medals in the new edition of the AFBC African Men’s & Women’s Elite Boxing Championships which came to a close on Sunday 18th September.

Mozambique team won five gold medals, Algeria and Zambia both earned four gold medals and proved amazing performance in this championship. Among the 24 participating nations, 18 claimed at least one medal in Maputo.

The participating nations at the AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships

Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, host Mozambique, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

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The list of the winners at the AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships

WOMEN

Minimum weight 48kg: Margret Tembo, Zambia

Fly weight 50kg: Roumayssa Boualam, Algeria

Fly weight 52kg: Reine Laure Ngoune, Cameroon

Bantam 54kg: Sara Haghighat-Joo, Sierra Leone

Feather weight 57kg: Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi, Botswana

Light weight  60kg: Felistars Nkandu, Zambia

Light welter weight 63kg: Imane Khelif, Algeria

Welter weight 66kg: Ichrak Chaib, Algeria

Light Middle weight 70kg: Alcinda Panguane, Mozambique

Middle weight 75kg: Rady Adosinda Gramane, Mozambique

Heavy weight 81+kg: Khadija Mardi, Morocco

MEN

Minimum weight 48kg: Yassine Nordine Issufo, Mozambique

Fly weight 51kg: Patrick Chinyemba, Zambia

Bantam 54kg: Tiisetso Matikinca, South Africa

Feather weight 57kg: Armando Rugoberto Sigauque, Mozambique

Light weight  60kg: Andrew Chilata, Zambia

Light welter weight 63.5kg: Louis Richarno Colin, Mauritius

Welter weight  67kg: Jugurtha Ait Bekka, Algeria

Light middle weight 71kg: Hamza El-Berbari, Morocco

Middle weight 75kg: David Tshama, DR Congo

Light heavy weight 80kg: Peter Pita Kabeji, DR Congo

Heavy weight 86kg: Julio Gabriel Albino, Mozambique

Super heavy weight 92kg: Paul Donatien Kond, DR Congo

Super heavy weight 92+kg: Rezk Mostafa Hafez Yousry, Egypt

By Stella Anyango.

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