Five boxers from Ghana to represent Africa at Olympics

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Five Ghanaian boxers will hoist their national flag when t he boxing segment of the Beijing Olympic Games gets underway later in the year.

The list of the Black Bombers swelled to five, sequel to the qualification of three more boxers from the final Africa zone qualifiers concluded in Namibia last week.

Two boxers, light flyweight Manyo Plange and middleweight Ahmed Saraku had qualified previously, based on their performance at the All Africa Games held in Algiers last year.

At the tournament in Namibia, team captain, Bastir Samir won gold in the light h eavyweight division to book a place on the Beijing train, joining his younger brother, bantamweight, Issah Samir, who also gained gold in his category.

The list ends with light welterweight Samuel Kotey Neequaye, who fought his way to a silver medal qualification to the Olympic Games.

The surprise absentee is Awosone Yekini, a Commonwealth bronze medalist and long time member of the team, who failed to qualify.

At the last Olympic Games in Athens, Ghana failed to get a boxer to the games as Ghanaian boxers got kicked out at the qualifying series.

The new form of the Black Bombers is attributed to good work of Cuban coach, Roberto Ibanez Chavez, who has been in charge in the last nine months. Panapress.

Beijing Olympics 2008  The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China takes place between August 8 and 24. This dossier focuses on the hopes, aspirations, and achievements of athletes from the African continent.
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