Olympian Suleiman Bilali has extended his congratulations to Kenyan boxer Edwin Okongo for his remarkable achievement of winning Gold at the All African Games.

Bilali, who was the last East African to secure the Gold in the Abuja games 17 years ago, praised Okongo’s accomplishment and encouraged him to surpass his record by defending the title.

“I am very happy for Okongo for taking my first ‘wife’ who has been with me for the last 17 years, and I believe if he maintains the momentum, he can match the record which I first won in Abuja,” Bilali expressed.

Okong’o indeed fulfilled his promise to clinch the gold medal, triumphing over Morocco’s Yassine Elouarz in the men’s middleweight 75kg category with a 3-1 victory.

This achievement holds historical significance as the last Kenyan to win gold at the All-Africa Games was Suleiman Bilali in Algiers, Algeria.

Prior to his victory, Okongo had emphasized that losing was not an option for him after reaching the final. His determination and skill were evident as he emerged victorious in the final match.

Suleiman Wanjau Bilali, born on June 5, 1978, is a renowned Kenyan light flyweight boxer who has represented Kenya on numerous occasions at international competitions. While he faced challenges in some competitions, including the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2002 Commonwealth Games, he notably secured victory at the 2003 All-Africa Games.

Despite not participating in some subsequent Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Bilali continued to showcase his talent and resilience, securing victories in the 2007 All African Games. However, he faced disappointment in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he lost his first bout.

Overall, Bilali’s legacy in Kenyan boxing is notable, and he now celebrates Okongo’s success as a promising young talent in the sport.

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