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.