NAIROBI, Kenya- The first batch of Kenyan boxers – six male and two female- arrived in Congo Brazzaville on Friday ready for next week’s World Championships qualifiers.
Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President John Kameta said four Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) pugilists failed to travel due to unclear circumstances, but are expected to link with the rest of the squad on Saturday.
Simon Mulinge (52kg), Victor Odhiambo (64kg), Blackmoses Mathenge (69kg) and super heavyweight Fredick Ramogi failed to make the initial trip alongside coaches Samuel Magima and Muthee Mwangi.
Tokyo 2020 focus
“We had very competitive Trials which gave us strong boxers. I have faith the team will perform well,” Kameta, who is also the BAK Coast chairman, said.
Kameta told SportPesa News he got a call from KDF officials informing him their contingent would not travel on Friday.
He underlined the team was intent on sending a strong message of intent ahead of the Worlds set for Germany later in the year with focus on giving exposure to young fighters to boos Kenya’s chances of sending many boxers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Team: 49kg: Shaffi Bakari, 52kg: Simon Mulinge, 56kg: Benson Gicharu, Martin Oduor, 60kg: Nick Okoth, 64 kg: Victor Onyango, 69kg: Blackmoses Mathenge, 75kg: John Kyalo, 81kg: Elly Ajowi, Nickson Abaka. 91kg: Tobias Okeyo, 91kg+: Fredrick Ramogi
Officials: George onyango, Samuel Magima, James Wasao, Julius Theuri