Africa Boxing:  TZ pugilists grab two medals

TANZANIANS ended their African Boxing Championship mission with two medals; a silver and a bronze in the bouts climaxed in Yaounde, Cameroon over the weekend.

The female puglist, Grace Mwakamele, who won silver medal, has become the first Tanzanian lady to win a boxing medal.

She was delighted to be the first first-ever women’s boxing medallist as it has never happened before.

Grace has fought well since the beginning of the competition. In the semifinals, she outpointed Seynabou Ndiaye before losing gold to Alicida Panguane of Mozambique in the final.

Briefing ‘Daily News’ the Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) president Lukelo Willilo noted, “Tanzania is proud of the first boxing medal for women internationally. Grace Mwakamele has won a silver medal and a cash prize of US dollars 10,000  (24,864,640/-) cash prize.

“Despite losing her final match at the 2023 African Championship at 70kg Light middleweight bout against the defending champion and the runner-up of the Istanbul 2022 World Championship, Alicida Panguane from Mozambique, Grace Mwakamele has made history as the first Tanzanian woman to win an international medal in boxing and the African Boxing Championship for Men and Women in Yaounde.

Her fellow teammate, from the men’s side Yusuf Changalawe grabbed bronze. It was Changalawe’s second bronze medal after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year.

Willilo said: “The Tanzanian team represented by three boxers brought honour to the nation by winning two medals, including silver and bronze won by Changalawe.”

Coach Samwel Kapungu and officials, including the federation’s President accompanied the national team.

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