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‘Gau’, Naomi win unexpected Silver; Kenya boxers face major test

12th African Games, 2019

(Rabat, Morocco (Aug 16-31)

Beach Volleyball (Women)

Final:

Egypt 2-0 [21-13, 21-15] Kenya

Bronze Medal:

Mozambique 2-0 [21-18, 21-14] Mauritius

Semi-finals:

Kenya 2-0 [21-18, 21-15] Mozambique

Egypt 2-0 [21-9, 21-19) Mauritius

 

GAUDENCIA Makokha and Naomi Too gave Kenya their first medal at the 12th African Games by reaching the final of the women’s beach volleyball but falling down to Egypt 0-2 (13-21, 15-21) in Rabat on Tuesday. 

Earlier, the two Kenyan girls had stormed the Final after swatting aside Mozambique 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) in the semi-finals. It was a commendable performance for the Kenyan pair as the country had never gone that far in this discipline. Makokha played indoor volleyball, as part of the Gold medal winning team four years ago in the 11th African Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

Top: Women’s beach volleyball Silver medallists Gaudencia Nakhumicha Makokha (left) and Naomi Too. Above and below: Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makokha in action during the Final and semi-finals against Egypt and Mozambique, respectively in Rabat

Top: Women’s beach volleyball Silver medallists Gaudencia Nakhumicha Makokha (left) and Naomi Too. Above and below: Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makokha in action during the Final and semi-finals against Egypt and Mozambique, respectively in Rabat

The Games officially opened in Rabat on Monday with Team Kenya represented in the march-past at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat by a small party clad in track suits of red (top) and black (slacks). A large contingent of Team Kenya, particularly their track and field team was still in Nairobi, with the last batch of travellers to Morocco expected to jet out on August 23. The Athletics programme runs from August 26 to 31.

Meanwhile several of Team Kenya squads in Morocco began their competition on Tuesday including: Boxing, Handball, Rowing and Table Tennis. On Wednesday, those set to join the fray were: Basketball 3-on-3, Cycling (time trial), Swimming and Tae-kwon-do.

The Team Kenya boxing contingent at camp -- Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani -- before leaving for Rabat for the 12 African Games. Kenya has not won a Gold medal since Ibrahim 'Surf' Bilali Wachira in Abuja (2003). Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN

The Team Kenya boxing contingent at camp — Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani — before leaving for Rabat for the 12th African Games. Kenya has not won a Gold medal since Ibrahim ‘Surf’ Bilali Wachira in Abuja (2003). Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN

In the last number of African Games, Kenyans have watched to see whether boxing, the country’s past mainstay, including winning unprecedented eight (8) Gold medals in Nairobi in 1987, would revive. Kenya’s last Gold medal at boxing dates back to 2003 (Abuja) when Ibrahim ‘Surf’ Bilali Wachira (light flyweight) was the sole winner. Kenya had zero titles in Algiers (2007), Maputo (2011) and Brazzaville (2015).

The Kenyan boxers in Morocco are: 

WOMEN:

1 Christine Ongare (fly 51kg) – Nairobi

2 Evaline Akinyi (light 60kg) – Kisumu

3 Lorna Kusa (welter 69kg) – Nairobi

4 Elizabeth Andiego (Middle 75k) – Nairobi

MEN:

1 Shaffi Bakari (fly 51kg) – Kenya Police

2 Nick Okoth (feather 57kg) – Kenya Defence Forces

3 Ethan Maina (light welter 63kg) – Kenya Police

4 Boniface Mogunde (Welter 69kg) – Kenya Police

5 George Cosby (Middle 75kg) – Kenya Police

6 Edwin Okong’o (Light heavy 81kg) – Kenya Defence Forces

7 Elly Ajowi (Heavy 91kg) – Kenya Police

8 Frederick Ramogi (Super heavy 91+kg) – Kenya Defence Forces

Manager: Isaac Mbote (Nakuru)

Coach: Benjamin Moses

Coach: David Munuhe

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