Azumah & Omar to contest for Olympic quotas

Azumah MohammedGhana’s fate in the ongoing African Olympic boxing qualification in Cameroon hangs in the balance after welterweight Azumah Mohammed and bantamweight Abdul Wahid Omar lost their respective semi finals bout on Thursday at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Having missed out on winning gold or silver in the finals, the duo will be aiming to clinch the third and final slots in the respective weight classes and automatic qualification to Rio 2016 on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Wahid Omar, a 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, will fight Morocco’s Mohamed Hamout in the men's bantam (56kg) for a place in Rio 2016.

On Saturday, Azumah Mohammed squares off against Algeria’s Zohir Kedache in the men’s welter (69kg) for a place in Rio.

Earlier on Thursday, Mohammed lost by a unanimous decision to Kenya’s Rayton Nduku Okwiri in the semi finals while bantamweight Wahid Omar also lost a split decision to Lesotho’s Inkululeko Suntele.