Dar boxer to feature in Olympic qualifiers today 

21Feb 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar boxer to feature in Olympic qualifiers today 

TANZANIA’s amateur boxer Alex Kisimbi will be in action today at the ongoing 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

Tanzania’s amateur boxers trade punches in a past national championship, which took place in Dar es salaam.

The East Africa country is represented by four boxers at the qualifiers which has 221 boxers from 39 African countries.

Open Boxing Federation of Tanzania (OBFT) secretary general, Lukelo Wililo, said Kisimbi, fighting in Lightweight division, will this evening face Libyan Farhat Almonsori.

Wililo said he is confident that Kisimbi will emerge the winner in the fight.

He said on Saturday evening the national team’s two boxers Boniface Mligwa Kaji and Haruna Swanga will take the ring to trade punches with opponents from Angola and Ghana.

Mligwa will face Angolan fighter Manuel Pedro in Featherweight division while Super Heavyweight boxer Haruna Mhando Swanga will be up against Ghanaian Kastuke Amani.

Wililo said on Monday afternoon, national team’s Light Heavyweight boxer Yusufu Changarawe will fight against Mauricio Martins from Guinea Bissau.

I’m confident our boxers will do well at the African qualifiers and hopefully qualify for Tokyo Olympics,’’ he disclosed.

‘’I have said so as all the boxers have assured me of fighting for the pride of their country, they know the importance of this Senegal event to them and their country,’’ he said.

David Yomba Yomba is national team’s head coach and Samuel Mwera is the leader of delegation.

The Senegal event will come to an end on Saturday next week.

The Olympic qualifiers will be the last boxing qualifying event to be held in Africa.

The other one will take place in France in May at the Grand Dôme, Villebon-sur-Yvette.

The final World event in Paris will give athletes a second chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

The Olympic qualifiers will therefore be open only to those boxers who have not yet qualified from the continental events making it difficult for many boxers including those from Tanzania to qualify.