Nigerian Boxers Secure Semi-Final Spots at African Games, Eyes Set on Gold

Nigerian boxing contenders Zainab Adeshina, Ifeanyi Onyekwere, and Shukurah Kareem have stormed into the semi-finals of their respective weight categories at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana

In a display of skill and determination, Nigerian boxing contenders Zainab Adeshina, Ifeanyi Onyekwere, and Shukurah Kareem have stormed into the semi-finals of their respective weight categories at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana.

Their victories have not only showcased Nigeria’s prowess in the ring but have also set the stage for a thrilling showdown in the upcoming bouts.

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The Bukom Boxing Arena witnessed exhilarating matches as the quarter-finals unfolded, infusing a surge of excitement into the ongoing boxing event.

With quarter-finals held on Sunday and Monday, each bout was a testament to the athletes’ unwavering commitment and resilience.

Ifeanyi Onyekwere emerged triumphant in the men’s 92+kg division, delivering a commanding performance against Keddy Evans of Seychelles.

With a unanimous points decision of 5-0, Onyekwere secured his spot in the semi-finals, showcasing his dominance in the ring and igniting hopes for a gold medal finish.

Similarly, Zainab Adeshina displayed her exceptional skills in the women’s 50kg category, overpowering Mathiba Thandolwethu Truelove of South Africa with a resounding points decision of 5-0 in the quarter-finals.

Adeshina’s remarkable performance underlines her determination and sets the stage for a fierce battle in the semi-finals.

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Shukurah Kareem added to Nigeria’s success by securing her place in the semi-finals of the women’s 54kg category.

In a gripping match against Sierra Leone’s Sara Haghighat-Joo, Kareem emerged victorious with a hard-fought 4-1 decision, further solidifying Nigeria’s presence in the boxing arena.

With their outstanding performances, Adeshina, Onyekwere, and Kareem have guaranteed themselves at least a bronze medal at the African Games. Their journey, however, doesn’t stop there, as they set their sights on the coveted gold medals.

National team coach Tony Konyegwachie expressed utmost confidence in his boxers’ abilities, emphasizing their dedication and determination to emerge victorious.

“These boxers are making me proud because they give their all in every fight, and I expect a number of gold medals from this team that I have brought to the competition,” Konyegwachie stated.

However, Konyegwachie highlighted the importance of fair officiating, stressing that external interference could hinder the athletes’ chances of clinching gold.

“If their ability will determine all and there are no officiating problems, I am sure all of them who have advanced to the semi-finals will win gold medals,” he affirmed.

As the African Games progress, all eyes are on Adeshina, Onyekwere, and Kareem as they prepare to face their opponents in the semi-finals.

Their remarkable journey exemplifies the spirit of perseverance and excellence, embodying the essence of Nigerian boxing on the continental stage.

With the semi-finals looming ahead, Nigerian boxing enthusiasts eagerly anticipate witnessing their contenders’ relentless pursuit of victory as Adeshina, Onyekwere, and Kareem strive to etch their names in African Games history with a golden finish.

 

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