The Third All-African games -- and with the competition into its second week now, several events are entering their final stages.
The Third All-African games -- and with the competition into its second week now, several events are entering their final stages. In the swimming the Tunisians have turned in the best results, picking up several gold medals, and setting new African records. On the football pitch, there have been one or two surprise results, including Monday's (17 July) one-one draw between low-fancied Mali, and reigning African champions Ghana. And in the boxing ring, there have also been one or two upsets as the various contests move into the quarter final stage.
SYNOPSIS: In the boxing ring, the featherweight bout between Zambia's John Sichula and Mohammed Khelifi of Algeria produced only the fourth knockout seen so far at the games. Sichula in the light shorts, applied a lot of pressure early on in the first round, and Khelifi found it difficult to launch a counter attack.
The judges have had a busy time in the games so far, with many bouts going the full distance and being decided on points. On this occasion the umpire had to take a firm stance to call a halt to illegal head-work by the Zambian.
That early warning failed to unsettle Sichula, and in the second round he belaboured his opponent with a flurry of quick blows. It proved to be more than the Algerian could take.
Sichula's victory with a technical knockout put him through to the quarter final.
In group B of the soccer competition, Mali -- in the green shirts -- were not expected to fare well against current African Champions, Ghana. But they scored first from a penalty through Cissee after 25 minutes.
However Ghana came back into the game and scored three minutes later when Asriyie capitalised on a defensive error and made it one-all. That was the final score. And with it Ghana stay top of the group equal with Nigeria who also have three points.
Though the Tunisians have dominated the swimming events, they failed to win the women's 200 Metres breast-stroke.
It was Nigeria's Enuwuzo Ngozi, in lano four, who led for most of the race and touched first with a time of three minutes three point one seconds.
That win gave her the gold medal. Local girl Bousofiane Fateha won the silver, with 15-year-old Rym Zouaoui from Tunisia taking the bronze.