Kenya names final boxing squad for African Games


Part of the action during the national boxing Trials for Africa Rio 2016 qualifiers in Yaounde, ...
Part of the action during the national boxing Trials for Africa Rio 2016 qualifiers in Yaounde, Cameroon. PHOTO/BAK

In Summary

  • Boxing Federation of Kenya has named the final squad of male and female fighters for All African Games set for Rabat Morocco from August 19.
  • Among the squad is lightweight 64kgs Ethan Maina of Kenya Police and welterweight 75kgs Boniface Mugunde who fights for Kenya Defence Forces side. The two will be making their international debuts

Boxing Federation of Kenya has named the final squad of male and female fighters for All African Games set for Rabat Morocco from August 19.

Among the squad is lightweight 64kgs Ethan Maina of Kenya Police and welterweight 75kgs Boniface Mugunde who fights for Kenya Defence Forces side. The two will be making their international debuts.

 “No one knew will I be in squad as everybody was good and it was not easy, they have chosen the best so my target is to get a medal since that’s everyone’s aim,” said Mogunde on his selection.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, the team’s head coach Musa Benjamin hailed the squad saying it will bring glory to the country following their vigorous training since leaving Mombasa.

“We started from Mombasa with a provisional squad of 17 boxers but we had to comply with the organizsers standards that’s why we have chosen the best we have for the international duty,”

The pugilist will be joined by BFK vice chairman Isaac Mbote as the teams Team Manger and assistant coach David Munuhe who doubles up as BFK secretary general

The final squad will continue their residential training at Kasarani indoor arena before jetting out on August 15

Boxing final Hit squad team

Men

Flyweight 52kgs Shaffi Bakari

Feather weight 57kgs Nick Okoth

Light welter weight 64kgs- Ethan Maina

Welter weight 67kgs- Boniface Mogunde

Middle weight 75kgs- George Cosby Ouma

Light Heavyweight 81kgs- Edwin Okong’o

Heavyweight 91kgs- Elly Ajowi

Super Heavyweight 91+kgs- Fredrick Ramogi

Women

Light flyweight 48-51kgs- Christine Ongare Shisoka

Lightweight 60kgs- Everlyne Akinyi

Welterweight 64-67kgs- Lorna Kusa

Middleweight 69-75kgs- Elizabeth Andiego

Head coach – Musa Benjamin

Assistant coach- David Munuhe

Team Manager – Isaac Mbote

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