The Fifth All African Amateru Boxing Finals ended in Nairobi last weekend (March 4-5) with Uganda wining the President Nasser shield for scoring most points.
The Fifth All African Amateru Boxing Finals ended in Nairobi last weekend (March 4-5) with Uganda wining the President Nasser shield for scoring most points. The score: Uganda 19, Kenya 18.
Uganda and Kenya share the Ghana Shield with five gold medals each. The former team trophy holders were Egypt.
One of the three Egyptians in the finals, M. Selim, showed skill and shrewd tactics as he boxed craftily to outpoint Quassi Martins, of Nigeria, in the flyweight class.
In the lightweight division, Uganda's A. Odhiambo outboxed I. Adeyemiof of Nigeria in the second round, scoring a knockout after a fast combination and left hook to the jaw.
SYNOPSIS: Amateur boxing -- and the Africans fight it out.
One of three Egyptians in the finals, M. Selim meets Nigeria's Quassi Martins in the flyweight bout. As the boxers sound each other out, the excitement mounts. But can Egypt retain its team trophy title? Selim moves into the attack. He's showing skill and his tactics are shrewd -- but the Nigerian is no walkover. Nigeria has five boxers in the finals.
The championships are held roughly every two years. This year the host nation was Kenya, whose team lost only one contest in six appearances. That performance won them five gold medals -- the same as Uganda.
Selim and Martins go flat out for the honours. It's been a tough battle. But Maryins is trailing and the initiative has been taken by the Egyptians, whose victory, however, wasn't enough to keep the team trophy.
Now -- another chance for Nigeria - a lightweight bout between I.Adeyemiof and A. Odhiambo of uganda. The Ugandan team had seven boxers in the finals and they lost only two contests -- both against Kenyans in the light-middle and light-heavyweight classes. Kenya went one better: they lost only one of six contests.
Odhiambo moves into the attack, planning another victory for Uganda. - the Commonwealth Games Champion who won the first gold medal of the Nairobi finals. Again, Nigeria is in trouble -- and the fight goes to Uganda as Odhiambo slams a left hook to the jaw in the second round. Uganda then won the championships by a single point, beating Kenya by 19 points to 18.