Pris­ons seek to beef up squad af­ter fi­nal leg next week

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Kenya Pris­ons will be us­ing the fi­nal leg of the Sportpesa Na­tional League in Nakuru next week to scout for po­ten­tial box­ers for next year. The team, which has been over­shad­owed by other uni­formed forces over the past few sea­sons, an­nounced that their plans for the new sea­son be­gins with the con­clu­sion of the league.

Pris­ons head coach Mau­rice Maina ‘Kawata” said con­ceded that his boys are tak­ing it all in their stride though tired of liv­ing in the shad­ows of Po­lice and Kenya De­fence Forces. The warders last won the Na­tional League in 1999 but the cov­eted ti­tle has since eluded them and re­volved around Po­lice and army out­fits. The team suf­fered a ma­jor blow when their long-stand­ing in­ter­na­tional su­per heavy­weight Daniel Shisia re­tired from the sport and Ray­ton Ok­wiri joined the paid ranks in the AIBA Pro Box­ing (APB) ranks.

Since Syd­ney Olympics in 2000, Pris­ons have pro­duced four Olympians in George Odindo, Aziz Ali, Bernard Gumba and Ray­ton Ok­wiri but their per­for­mance in the league con­tin­ues to plum­met. “We are de­ter­mined to re­gain lost glory. So we will be look­ing out for some fresh legs on the league front as well as teams from Nairobi. We are look­ing for young box­ers who will help us put up a bril­liant show next sea­son,” said Maina. Among box­ers Pris­ons will field in Nakuru are Olympian Aziz Ali (heavy­weight), who is also the cap­tain, fly­weight Haris­son Mathuku, ban­tamweight Wil­liam Kamau, An­thony Ngugi (light­weight) and Ken Omondi at wel­ter­weight di­vi­sion. Kenya Po­lice “Cha­fua Cha­fua” took a nine point lead over KDF in the penul­ti­mate Machakos leg and qual­i­fied all their ten box­ers in the fi­nal con­tests.

Po­lice han­dled by 1990 Auck­land Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­ist George ‘Fore­man’ Onyango will field the likes of To­bias Okeyo in the heavy­weight cat­e­gory, Elly Ajowi in the light heavy­weight di­vi­sion, ban­tamweight Martin Oduor and Ethan Maina in light­weight.

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