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 


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.