Okoth to captain ‘Hit Squad’ in Dakar


Africa Boxing Championship gold medallist Nick Okoth in a past action. Photo/ Courtesy.
(FILE)Africa Boxing Championship gold medallist Nick Okoth in a past action. Photo/ Courtesy.

In Summary

  • Nick Okoth will captain the national boxing team ‘Hit Squad’ that will take part in the upcoming Africa qualifiers for Olympic Games slated for February 20-29 in Dakar, Senegal
  • The final squad of 13 (8 men and 5 women) for the qualifiers was announced on Friday as the team concluded its two-week high-altitude training camp in Nanyuki, Laikipia county

Nick Okoth will captain the national boxing team ‘Hit Squad’ that will take part in the upcoming Africa qualifiers for Olympic Games slated for February 20-29 in Dakar, Senegal.

The final squad of 13 (8 men and 5 women) for the qualifiers was announced on Friday as the team concluded its two-week high-altitude training camp in Nanyuki, Laikipia county.

Joining Okoth in the men’s team are; Shaffi Bakari (Flyweight), Boniface Mogunde (Welter Weight), Humphrey Ochieng (Light Heavy), Joseph Shigali (Light Weight) Elly Ajowi (Heavy Weight), Fred Ramogi (Super Heavy) and the returning Rayton Okwiri (Middle Weight).

Elizabeth Andiego (Middle Weight), Elizabeth Akinyi (Welter Weight), Everline Akinyi (Light Weight), Beatrice Akoth (Feather Weight) and Christine Ongare (Fly Weight) made the cut in the women’s category.

Okoth who also captained Hit Squad in Rabat, Morocco at the African Games said he is ready to lead the team although he aware of the tough competition in the Feather Weight category.

“I think we have two weeks of proper preparations. We have really learned a lot from the mistakes that we made in Morocco and we are looking forward to a better outing. As a captain I know there are many expectations and I am ready to bring home a gold medal in my category,” said Okoth who won bronze in Morocco.

On his part, head coach Benjamin Musa said he was satisfied with his teams’ preparations were a notch higher compared to previous championships which he hopes will translate to better performance.

Team manager Chrispine Onyango assured the country that the team will do well in the continental tourney.

“We are going for a serious assignment and we must promise to deliver good results…it is my humble request that those who were not lucky to represent us in Dakar to remain focused on other upcoming events,” said Onyango.

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