Ghana’s Wahid Abdul Omar and Azumah Mohammed are through to the next stage of the AIBA Africa qualifiers to Rio 2016 Olympic Games after earning victories on Sunday, but the only female competitor from this country, Ramatu Quaye, had her Olympic dreams dashed in the first round.
Wahid Omar Abdul beat home fighter Narcisse Mevoah Melono in the Bantamweight (56kg) category, scoring 3-0 on the judge’s scorecards.
“I Give thanks to Almighty Allah for winning my fight Against Host Nation Cameroon. On, on we go,” Wahid posted on Facebook shortly after his victory.
Another Ghanaian victor today was Mohammed Azumah, who posted a split points victory over Mikasiu Abel Shituleipo of Namibia at Welterweight (69kg).
The duo joins Cruiserweight David Bawah and heavyweight Emmanuel Sandyman in qualifying for the quarterfinals as they continue their pursuit of competing in Brazil this August.
Unfortunately, Ghana won’t have a female participant in boxing in Rio following a 1-2 split points defeat by Ramatu Quaye to Christine Akoa Bengono of Cameroon in the women’s flyweight (51kg) category.
Highly-rated Jesse Lartey is also out of the chase for qualification after also losing his first round fight on Saturday.
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