Boxing coach Musa confident of team’s win at Commonwealth Games

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 05:23 | By
Rayton Okwiri celebrates beating Libyan Mostafa Gala Morsy in Middleweight fight. INSET: Kenya Boxing team technical officials follow Okwiri’s fight. PHOTO/Courtesy

National boxing coach Benjamin Musa is confident that Kenyan boxers, both male and female will deliver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The team of four boxers have been in camp for two weeks now, and still have six more weeks of training before the games punch off.

“This is the first time that we are going to the Commonwealth Games with equal hopes on both the men and women competitions because we have taken part in various international tournaments that that have given our ladies exposure and has improved their general performance,” said the coach at their training base at Kasarani.

Coach Musa who has been with the team for a long time said he knows when the boxers are ready for competition. He singled out the ladies’ team who he said that they are at advanced stage of preparations.

“If you look at their history in performance, they have not been at this improved level, and after the Women’s World Championships last month, they have improved a lot. I expect the same with the men – an improved performance,” he added.

Kasarani has been fitted with a boxing ring with the boxers receiving all the equipment they need for training. Coach Musa hopes for one more chance to gauge the boxers before the Commonwealth Games.

“We are looking for an opportunity for one final exposure for the boxers. We have rectified our mistakes and we want to see how the boxers will perform after this,” concluded the coach.

Kenya’s Women Middleweight champion Elizabeth Andiego who took part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland in 2014 is optimistic of a better performance in 2022.

“I missed the 2018 edition because of an accident that left me with broken legs. I’m fully recovered and looking forward to the competition. I played at the Olympics, and what is remaining now is to get a medal,” she said.

Captain Nick Okoth has been at the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games too. He says competition in the team is tight, and the coach has not indicated who he will pick for the games.

“We are quite a number of boxers in camp and the coach is looking at everyone. There is no hiding place. He has no pressure, the coach is very active, he is talking to everyone and looking at everyone. We are now like kids in school who are graduating to the next class. You will find there are those that run to class to grab the best desks and chairs. That is the race we are in now,” Okoth said.

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