Ghanaian boxers fail to qualify for Rio

Azumah Mohammed 3The national boxing team, the Black Bombers missed the chance to clinch quota places for Rio 2016 after welterweight Azumah Mohammed and bantamweight Abdul Wahid Omar lost their box-off bouts at the African Olympic Qualification in Yaoundé.

Azumah Mohammed lost by a unanimous decision to Algeria’s Kedache Zohir in the men’s welter (69kg) and Abdul Wahid Omar similarly missed out on securing a quota place after losing a unanimous decision to Morocco’s Mohammed Hamout in the men's bantam (56kg).

All the three judges scored the bout in favour of Morocco’s Mohamed Hamout: WP 3:0, 28:29 -- 28:29 -- 28:29.

According to an official fight report posted on world boxing governing body AIBA’s website, “Zohir Kedache was too strong for Ghana’s Mohammed Azumah as he secured Algeria’s seventh Olympic place in the welterweight box-off.”

Out of nine Ghanaian boxers at the competition, the two were the only ones to reach the semi finals of their respective weight categories.

As consolation, they were handed bronze medals for placing fourth in the weight categories.

How Azumah and Omar landed in box-off

Ghana’s fate in the African Olympic boxing qualification in Cameroon hanged 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 two boxers were aiming to clinch Africa’s third quota places in their respective weight classes..

Azumah 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.

The Black Bombers were banking their hopes on the duo after seven members of the team had earlier lost their bouts in the quarter finals and preliminary rounds of the competition.

The team could have another opportunity to qualify for Rio 2016 at the AIBA World Championships later in the year.

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