Hamunyela and Jonas through to boxing finals at AAG

12 Sep 2015 11:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
BRAZZAVILLE, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibian boxers Mathias Hamunyela and Junius Jonas on Friday night reached the boxing finals at the All Africa Games (AAG) underway in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo.
They are the last of eight Namibian boxers still in the competition since the tournament started last Friday.
They are now guaranteed either a gold or silver medal when they step into the ring again. The finals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Hamunyela put up a brave fight to beat Feyisal Muhamed of Ethiopia on points after three rounds of boxing in the Light Flyweight - 49 kilogramme (kg) - category.
Namibia’s 2014 Commonwealth silver medallist Junius Jonas reached the final of the Light Welterweight (64 kg) category without fighting after his opponent injured his arm during training ahead of the fight on Friday night.
Jonas told Nampa this will be the second time he fights in the final of a competition and he is hopeful of doing better then he did in Glasgow, Scotland.
“I was in the final last year in Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and I now know when I step into that ring tomorrow (Saturday) I will be fighting for my country and I expect to walk out with a gold medal after the fight.
“I am not saying it will be easy, but I will try my best to be a champion for my country at the All Africa Games,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamunyela said he felt blessed to reach the finals in what is his first African Games tournament. He promised to win gold for Namibia.
Namibia has so far won three bronze medals courtesy of swimmer Daniela Lindemeier.
On Friday Lindemeier missed out on another bronze medal after she ended fourth in the 200 metre butterfly event.
Namibia won seven medals - one gold, one silver and five bronze – at the 2011 AAG held in Maputo, Mozambique.
The games end on 19 September 2015.
(NAMPA)
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