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All 12 Ghanaian boxers beaten in 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers

None of Ghana’s 12 amateur boxers managed to secure spots in the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers held in Senegal, marking a disappointing outcome for the nation’s aspirations. The athletes, including six from both the Black Bombers and the Black Hitters (Ghana’s female amateur boxing team), as well as two foreign-based competitors – Seth Gyimah, known as Freezy MacBones, and Ornella Sathoud – faced defeats in their respective bouts.

Notably, Freezy MacBones suffered a setback against his Senegalese counterpart, Seydou Konate, which set the tone for the team’s overall performance. Theophilus Kpakpo Allotey was the 12th fighter to endure a loss, facing defeat against Tunisia’s Ala Zidi Eddine in the Flyweight division (51kg).

Ofori Asare, the Black Bombers coach, acknowledged that most of the boxers were relatively new to international competitions, with Ornella Sathoud being the exception. Unfortunately, Sathoud’s performance was affected by illness during the event.

Despite the disappointing results, Coach Asare remained optimistic about the team’s future. He emphasized the importance of the experience gained in Dakar, believing it would benefit the boxers in future qualification series.

In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Ghana secured its only medal in boxing, thanks to Samuel Takyi’s efforts, which earned him and Team Ghana a bronze medal in the Men’s Featherweight category.

The Ghanaian boxing team will have another opportunity to compete in further qualification matches scheduled for later in November, providing a chance to regroup and strive for better results.

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