Mixed results for Namibian boxing at AG

Namibian amateur boxers registered mixed results on the opening day of the boxing championships at the Al Amal Indoor Sports Centre in Rabat, Morocco.

Team Namibia who initially cut out two sport codes chess and tennis because they did not meet the local organising committee's standard will now compete in 12 sport codes instead of 10 codes at the African Games (AG).

The two codes were reinstated back after their federations aired their grievances with the ministry officials dealing with the AG.

On Wednesday during day one of the boxing championships four boxers Andreas Shikongo, Nestor Thomas, Oiva Ueitele, and Tuyoleni Immanuel Shaanika became the first athletes to exchange leather for team Namibia.

Shikongo who fights in the 75-kilogram (kg) middleweight category was the only boxer who step into the ring during the preliminary rounds and represented his country to the best of his ability.

The middleweight boxer outclassed his opponent Samuel Kamara from Sierra-Leon with a 5-0 score line from all the five judges.

Shikongo who was a no match for his opponent controlled the three-round fight from the first to the third round as he kept his opponent at bay with his jab and countered when it mattered.

He will now face Tarik Allali of morocco in the round of 16 on Thursday at 19h00 Namibian Time

Another boxer who progressed to the next round of the competition was Oiva Ueitele who got a bypass to the next round because he did not get an opponent in the preliminary rounds of their 91kg.

Boxers who did not progress through the preliminary rounds of the competition are

Thomas who lost his 52kg fight 1-4 to Otukile Mahommed of Botswana. Nestor started the first round well but failed to back up his first-round performance in the second and third round.

While Shaanika who fought in the 81kg had his fight stopped in round two by the referee because his opponent Stephan Otendy of Mauritius was in a class of his own and made it rain for the Namibian.

Day two of the boxing championships continues with more Namibian boxers expected to step in the ring during the afternoon and evening sessions.

The 12th edition of the African Games (AG) will be held from 16 to 31 August 2019 in Casablanca and Rabat.

Source: Namibia Press Agency