May 20, 2024

Andiego, Anyango carrying Kenya’s hopes in Mandela Cup

Andiego, Anyango carrying Kenya’s hopes in Mandela Cup
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Kenya is already assured of silver or gold as Andiego got a bye to the final of her weight class when the draws were conducted on Monday, April 15.

The duo of 2022 Africa Boxing Championships silver medalist Elizabeth Andiego and Kenya Defense Forces welterweight champion Friza Anyango are set to represent the country at the inaugural Mandela Cup.

A squad of 14 was initially set to travel for the event, formerly the African Boxing Cup, set to be hosted at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa from 17 April, but financial constraints according to the Kenyan federation had the team reduced to two.

Kenya is already assured of silver or gold as Andiego got a bye to the final of her weight class when the draws were conducted on Monday, April 15.

The Africa silver medalist and Zone 3 champion will meet the winner of the semi-final bout between Mozambican two-time Africa champion Rady Gramane and South Africa's Geane Dicks. The middleweight division has attracted only three boxers.

Anyango, on her part, will take on Africa welterweight champion Ivanusa Moreira of Cape Verde in the quarter-finals of the welterweight division that has attracted five boxers.

 


The only Kenyan boxer to win a bout at the Olympics 1st World Qualification Tournament in Busto Arsizio, Anyango will hope to carry better form when she gets on the ring on Wednesday.

A total of 39 countries - including Bangladesh and Afghanistan - are set to feature in the championships that through the International Boxing Association (IBA), has allocated a total prize money worth 500,000 USD (Ksh 65,500,000) across 25 weight categories.

The championships will last one week marking a historic moment in the sport of boxing.