African Games: beautiful harvest of Moroccan boxers


Moroccan boxers and boxers won six medals, including four gold medals, at the end of the boxing trials, played Thursday at the Al Amal indoor sports hall, as part of the 12th African games held in the Kingdom until August 31.

The Moroccan boxers taking part in these events during the 11th day of the continental tournament have been on the podium several times. Mohamed Hamout won the gold medal in the boxing event, "Pen" category (57kg) after his victory over Ugandan Isaac Masembe on a score of 4 to 1.

His compatriot Abdelhaq Nadir did not fail by offering the second gold medal in the Kingdom in the "lightweight" category by taking the best of the Mauritian Louis Richarno Colin on the score of 3 to 2. The Moroccan dismissed in half final the Namibian Jonas Junias (3-2) and Congolese Fiston Mbaya Mulumba in the quarter-finals (5-0).

Morocco's third gold medal was won by Moroccan boxer Tarik Allali in the middleweight category (75kg), who beat Uganda's Semmuju David Kavuma 3-2 after ousting Kenyan Cosby Ouma George (5-0).

Moroccan women's boxing did not break the rule by bringing the total gold medal to 4 following the performance of boxer Mardi Khadija in the 75 kg average category after taking over the Mozambican Gramane Rady on the score of 4 to 1.

Youness Baalla missed the opportunity to climb on the top step of the podium and was content with a silver in the "heavy" category (91 kg), after his defeat against the Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla (1-3). In the semifinal, the 20-year-old Moroccan won against Kenyan Ocholla Elly Ajowi.

Yasmine Mouttaki of Morocco won the silver medal in the "flyweight" category (51kg), after losing her face to face with Algerian Roumaysa Boualam (2-3). In previous round Yasmine had managed to eliminate Congolese Modestine Munga Zalia (4-1) and Tunisia's Amel Chebbi in the quarter-finals (5-0).

In a statement to the MAP on this occasion, the vice-president of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Boxing, Ahmed Bouhafsa, estimated that the Moroccan participation in the 12th African Games is a "success" for the national boxing, considering the honorable results obtained at home, highlighting the discovery of young boxers who will have other opportunities to shine brightly.

Mr. Bouhafsa explained that among the factors that contributed to this success, the strategy outlined by the Federation since the end of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, through the organization of several internships in Morocco and abroad including the internship in Cuba, one of the internationally recognized boxing schools.

The vice president of the Federation concluded that the future of national boxing is on the right track, highlighting the need to watch over the younger generations of boxers.

In this tournament, Morocco was represented in the men's category by Said Mourtaji (52kg), Mohamed Hammout (57kg), Abdelhak Nadir (63kg), Hamza Boudrar (69kg), Tarek El Alali (75kg) Mohamed Essaghir (81 kg), Younis Baala (91 kg) and Mohamed Ferris (more than 91 kg).

On the women's side, the national selection included boxers Yasmine Moutaqi (51 kg), Ouidad Bertal (57 kg), Asmae Gheddi (60 kg), Omaima Belhabib (69 kg) and Khadija El Mardi (75 kg).

The men's national team is coached by Cuban Dagoberto Rojas and Moroccan technicians Mohamed Al Mesbahi, Youssef Sorour and Mustapha Choumedras, while the women's team is led by Noureddine Bahlas and Redouane Lorani. The two national teams are supervised by the technical director of the national teams, Mounir El Barbouchi, with the help of Ismaïl Laroussi.

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