Two more of our top amateur boxers ended up on the wrong end of decisions at the continental Olympic qualifying tournament in Casablanca, Morocco on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Tuesday was day four of the seven-day competition that will decide Africa’s pugilists at the London Games later this year.
Both Paul Schafer and Ladumo Lamati lost their bouts, Schafer in the 91 kilogram division and Lamati in the 51kg class.
Lamati went down 15-9 on points to Duke Akueteh Micah, the Ghana boxer winning three of the four rounds. The round scores were 4-3 4-3 and 7-3 with the final round being shared 0-0.
It was Micah who beat our Gift Pilane in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India two years ago.
Schafer lost to Kenyan Charles Odhiambo Okoth, also on points. On this occasion the final score was 20-12. The first round saw the Kenyan building a health 6-2 advantage and the next two rounds also went in the Kenyan’s favour, 20-17 and 4-3 before the final round was scoreless.
“We have some very good boxers but their inexperience in top-class competitions,” said team manager Peter Armstrong. “Both our boxers lost to opponents that were just slightly superior to them in the experience department. But both boxed very well and can be proud of their performances.”
Both Schafer and Lamati were part of Team South Africa at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique last year.
Tuesday’s bouts in Morocco will see our Ayabonga Sonjica and Siphiwwe Lusizi taking up the cudgels.
Sonjica fights Mozambique’s Uache Macie in the 56kg division while Lusizi takes on Cameroon opponent Joseph Mulema.