Po­lice pugilists tipped de­spite Olympian Mungai’s ab­sence

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Kenya Po­lice will be seek­ing to re­tain the SportPesa na­tional box­ing league ti­tle this week­end in Nakuru mi­nus Olympian Peter Mungai.

Po­lice coach Ge­orge ‘Forman’ Onyango said Mungai, who did duty for Kenya in the Rio Olympics, is un­avail­able due to per­sonal com­mit­ments. Onyango, a for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­ist, said they have pre­ferred fast-ris­ing Shafie Bakari to fill the void left be­hind in the light fly­weight divi­sion by Mungai.

“Shafie was im­pres­sive on the penul­ti­mate leg and we believe he has what’s it takes to win the divi­sion this time round,” said Onyango.

One thing I know for sure is that the sol­ders will come hard on us and so it prom­ises to be a great out­ing,” said Onyango. Onyango said they will main­tain their im­pres­sive Po­lice team in Machakos for the Nakuru leg.Mean­while, third-placed and 1999 cham­pi­ons Kenya Pris­ons have un­veiled their fi­nal team of 8 box­ers ahead of the sea­son fi­nale which starts at Nakuru Gar­dens (near the gov­er­nor’s of­fice) from Thurs­day through to Satur­day.

Coach Mau­rice Maina ‘ Kawata’ said they will not field box­ers in the su­per and light fly­weight di­vi­sions. The su­per heavy­weight divi­sion fell va­cant when long-stand­ing Kenya in­ter­na­tional Daniel Shisia re­tired. Pris­ons, who have not been very im­pres­sive over the past three years, are re­build­ing a team for the 2017 box­ing sea­son.

Har­ri­son Mathuku at fly­weight and Olympian Aziz Ali at heavy­weight are the most ex­pe­ri­enced box­ers in the warders out­fit. The rest are young and up­com­ing box­ers coach Maina has tested this sea­son. KDF will field the likes of Si­mon Mulinge at fly­weight, Fred Ramogi (su­per heavy) and Hezron Ma­ganga (light heavy­weight)

Po­lice Team: Shafie Bakari (Light fly 49kgs), Mor­ris Ochieng (fly: 52kg), Martin Oduor (ban­tam 56kg), Ethan Maina (Light 60kg), Joseph Shi­gali (Light wel­ter 64kg), Boni­face Mu­gunde (wel­ter 69kg), Si­las Masake (mid­dle 75kg), Elly Ajowi (Lightheavy 81kg), To­bias Okeyo (Heavy 91kg) and Kimathi Kinoti (su­per heavy 91kg+).

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