Nakalema scores first win for female Bombers in Dakar

Tuesday February 25 2020

Emily Nakalema, Uganda's hard hitting woman.

Emily Nakalema, Uganda's hard hitting woman. Courtesy Photo 

By ABDUL-NASSER SSEMUGABI

Emily Nakalema on Monday evening became the first Ugandan woman to win a fight at the African Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

Nakalema begun in high gear hitting Ivanusa Gomes Moreira, Africa’s No 3 welterweight Cape Verde with an overhand right. Moreira tried to bounce back in the 3rd round but the Ugandan tied her up to survive until the final bell for a unanimous points win.

Nakalema is now in semifinal, the closest any Ugandan is to book the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier Uganda’s Doreen Nassali lost 5-0 to Ghana’s Ornella Sathoude, as did Rebecca Israel Among Imane Khelif of Algeria Sunday night.

In the men’s light heavyweight Joshua Arthur Male’s first international assignment ended in a unanimous decision defeat to Pedro Mafisi Cuca, of Angola. Male also suffered his first ever knockdown thanks to Cuca’s big right hook in the second round.

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