Namibian boxers through to Round of 16 at AAG

07 Sep 2015 12:20pm
By Hesron Kapanga
BRAZZAVILLE, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – Three Namibian boxers on Sunday qualified for the next round of the All Africa Games (AAG) boxing competition underway in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
They are part of 79 Namibian athletes representing the country at the 11th edition of the AAG, which commenced on Friday.
The three boxers are 2014 Commonwealth silver medallist Junius Jonas who beat Adilson Justin from Angola on points in their 64 kilogramme (kg) bout; Lazarus Shaningwa who beat Idrissa Gueye of Senegal on points in their 60kg category; and Mujandjae Kasuto who knocked out Anwar Koa of Sudan in the first round of their 74kg bout.
Two other Namibian boxers - Fillipus Nghitumbwa and Immanuel Shaanika - lost on Sunday. Nghitumbwa lost on points to Khauhelo Mothunayne of Lesotho in the 56kg category, and Shaanika lost to Alwa Botsoike of Seychelles in the 69kg category after the referee stopped the fight because the Namibian sustained a cut below his left eye.
Three more Namibian boxers will compete for spots in the Round of 16 on Monday.
Fifty-four countries are participating in this edition of the games that ends on 19 September 2015.
About 8 000 athletes will compete in 22 sports codes, including track and field as well as swimming for athletes with disabilities.
Namibia will participate in athletics, boxing, cycling, karate, swimming, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, and sports for the disabled.