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3 Nigerian boxers advance into ECOWAS Games' finals

21 June 2012, 07:24

 Accra - The three Nigerian boxers who are still in the competition at the on-going  ECOWAS Games in Accra on Wednesday qualified for the finals of their events.

In the semi-final bouts held at the sports hall of the Accra Sports Stadium, the boxers -  Semiu Okerinde, Oladosu Rilwan and Adewale Masebinu  - beat their opponents to qualify.

The wins mean Team Nigeria is sure of, at least, three silver medals in the event in which it featured five boxers with two crashing out in their opening fights.

Okerinde won 14-7 against Amed Sadek of Burkina Faso in the bantamweight 56kg category.

Masebinu won 15-7 against Nouhou Sangare of Mali in a middleweight 75kg category bout.  

It was, however, a tight fight between Rilwan and Sanon Kouesse of Burkina Faso in their lightweight 60kg fight, with the former finally winning 9-7.

In Thursday’s final, Okerinde will meet Ghana’s Sulemanu Tetteh, who beat Mahamadou Bohari of Niger Republic in the other semi-final.

Rilwan also has another Ghanaian awaiting him in the final as Jessie Lartey had earlier beaten Tadja Imonou of Republic of Benin in the other semi-final match.

Masebinu would on his part meet the winner of the other semi-final pairing of Ghana’s Emmanuel Martey and Sawadogo Boureimi of Burkina Faso.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that competition was in only five weight categories at the Games, which ends on Friday.


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