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Kenyan boxers confident of medal win in Gold Coast

Roy Lumbe @PeopleSports11

Kenya boxing national team head coach Patrick Maina is upbeat that the squad will bag medals in the Commonwealth Games due to be held in Gold Coast, Australia next month.

Having undergone several days of intense training in Nakuru since March 5, the team are expected to close camp tomorrow as they prepare to jet to Australia and Maina is happy, saying that all his boxers are fit and only working on a few errors.

“I am very confident of getting good performances during our trip to Australia. We are working on techniques and speed which has been one of our main weakness at such events,” said Maina. The Club Games will be held from April 4-15 with Kenya represented in all weight categories from light-fly to super-heavy.

With light fly weight boxer Veronica Mbithe having dropped out of the team after securing a job at the Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya will be represented by an 10-member squad consisting of three women and seven men.

The men are Nickson Abaka, Edwin Owuor, Brian Agina, Benson Gicharu, Elly Ocholla, Nick Okoth and Shaffi Hassan while the women are Christine Ongare, Lorna Simbi and Elizabeth Andiego.

“We are confident and focused on securing a medal for the team in the Commonwealth Games and we will surely deliver,” said light-fly boxer Ong’are who won a bronze medal in the 2010 Games held in New Delhi, India.

Abaka also exuded confidence, saying: “We are very fit physically and the main problem is lack of techniques and speed. If we polish on those two, we will be good.”

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