Ghana’a amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, hit a snag, earlier today, in their quest to punch their tickets to the Tokyo Olympics, later this year.
In their semifinal contests, all five hopefuls lost, ruling some out of the olympics, right away. Yet, a few still have a shot at it through the third-place window.
It started when Captain Sulemanu Tetteh failed a direct qualification, losing 0-5 to his Algerian opponent, Flisi Mohamed, in their flyweight, (48-52 Kg) contest. Sulemanu will fight for a third-place on Friday, seeking to guarantee his passage to the Olympics with a win.
Ornella Sathoud also failed to qualify for the finals, thus missing out on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
She lost 0-5 to her Mozambican opponent, Gramane Ramane Adosinda, in their middleweight bout.
However, Sathoud may have another window to challenge for the Olympics slot in the last and sterner qualifier sometime in May in the French capital, Paris.
The Ghanaian debacles continued into the evening bouts where all three Bombers lost. Samuel Takyi, featherweight (48-52Kg), lost 1-4 to his Zambian opponent, MULENGA Everisto. He still has a chance to fight for the third-place and qualify for the Olympics.
Welterweight (63-69Kg), Jesse Lartey, lost 0-5 to his Zambian opponent, Stephen Zimba. Jesse also would berth at Tokyo if he can place third with a fight at hand on Friday.
The 2019 Ghana Sportswriters award winner, Shakul Samed, couldn’t put it together and glitter against the continent’s top-ranked light heavyweight (75-81Kg) category Egyptian Salah Orabi Abdelgawad Abdelrahmah, losing 2-3 to sum up a gloomy Bombers camp in Dakar, Senegal.
Shakul a determined fighter from a boxing family, also has the France tourney window to salvage his Olympic ambitions.
EDITED FROM: EephsonNews.com