8th August, 2011
Nigerian boxers currently in Benin camp will participate in a friendly amateur boxing tournament with their Ghanaian counterparts, the Black Bombers, to prepare for the coming All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
The boxing tournament, which will hold in Benin, the Edo State capital, between Tuesday and Wednesday, this week, P.M.Sports gathered, is also organised to prepare the boxers ahead of the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championship and 2012 London Olympic Games.
â€œWe have organised a friendly tournament which will be held in Benin between our boxers and their counterparts in Ghana. It is a way of preparing the boxers for the coming All Africa Games in Mozambique. The friendly bouts will begin on Tuesday and the Ghanaian boxers are expected in the country before the day,â€ said the Secretary General of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Dr. Patrick Uwagbale.
On the claim that the boxers in Benin camp need training kits, the boxing scribe said the story is far from the truth because all the boxers were given sets of training kit last week.
â€œI donâ€™t know where they got that story because there is nothing like that in Benin. In fact, the boxers collected their training kits last week and they have been training with them,â€ Uwagbale said.
There are 24 boxers in Benin camp at the moment and only ten of them will be shortlisted for the All Africa Games in Maputo.
Nigeria is using the tourney to reciprocate Ghanaâ€™s hospitality when the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) hosted the Nigeria Boxing Team during a training tour last year in preparation for the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
The Nigerian Boxing Federation, NBF, will cater for transportation, accommodation and feeding of the Ghanaian team throughout the tournament.
Some of the boxers in the Nigerian camp are Taiye Agbaje, Seyi Adegboyega, Muiden Ganiyu, Muideen Akanji, Olade Fijabi and Lukman Lawal.
The Black Bombers that will be competing in 10 weight categories are: Tetteh Sulemanu – 49Kg, Duke Akueteh Micah – 52Kg, Abdul Wahib Omar – 56Kg and Michael Offei Dodoo – 60Kg.
Others are Musah Rahman Lawson – 64Kg, Azumah Mohammed – 69Kg, Emmanuel Martey – 75Kg, Emmanuel Agyei Anim – 81Kg, David Bawah Akankolim – 91Kg and Haruna Osumanu – 91Kg+