Ten members of the national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, have qualified to participate in this year’s African Boxing Confederation Championship due in June in Cairo.
The 10 boxers sealed their places following their heroic performances at the African Boxing Confederation Zone Two championship held from 18-23 April in Lome, Togo. The Ghanaian team was the dominant force at the championship emerging the overall best team with seven gold and three silvers medals which also featured hosts Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Gambia and Senegal.
The gold winners were Sulemana Tetteh – Light-flyweight (49kg), Duke Micah – Flyweight (52kg), Jesse Lartey – Lightweight (60kg), Azumah Mohammed – Welterweight (69kg), Emmanuel Quarshie – Middleweight (75kg), Emmanuel Agyei Anim – Light-heavyweight (81kg) and Osumanu Haruna – Super-heavyweight (91+ kg).
The trio of Isaac Sackey – Bantamweight (56kg), Ben Lamptey – Light- welterweight (64kg) and David Bawah – Heavyweight (91kg) also picked silver in their respective weight categories.
Head coach, Ofori Asare told GNA Sports that the team which has since returned home have commenced training for the continental championships, which also serves as a qualifier for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing Championships to be held from September 16 to October 1, 2011 in Busan, South Korea.
Coach Asare said the global event will also serve as one of the
qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympic Games.