Two Ugandan boxers have reached the semis of the ongoing AFBC Youth Men and Women Championships in Casablanca, Morocco, which enhances their chances for a medal and a slot in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina in October.
Yesterday, flyweight Reagan Musoke, who got a bye in the draws, beat Gabon’s Gaspard Nzue in quarterfinals.
Soon Mazda Muhammad Bunya also won his welterweight bout in the quarterfinals to book a place in the semis. Meanwhile their colleague Ukasha Matovu failed his quarterfinal test.
Uganda took six boxers to the event that started on Monday. However team captain Colline Mutyaba and Jaffer Onen lost instantly in the preliminary stages. Mutyaba fell to Nigeria’s Bright Okon while Onen lost to Ethiopia’s Bilal Asrar.
On Tuesday, Matovu and Mazda Bunya revived Uganda’s medal hopes by eliminating Davide Cleiton Pina of Cape Verde and Cameroon’s David Nicolas respectively.
Later that evening John Fisher Odoch lost on points to Algeria’s Faris Djaballah.
The event, graced by 17 African countries, also doubles as a qualifier to the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Only the gold medallists in each weight category qualify for the Youth Olympics, while the losing semi-finalists will have to box-off for the bronze medal.