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September 21, 2018

Agina goes Awol:Kenya youngster disappears after borrowing Sh110,000 from colleague

Brian Agina
Brian Agina
Upcoming boxer Brian Agina is missing from the Team Kenya Commonwealth Games camp in Gold Coast.
Team Kenya Chief de Mission Barnaba Korir confirmed that the boxer had gone under and is nowhere to be found. He said they learnt of the boxer’s disappearance on Monday morning.  
“We were informed of his disappearance on Monday and we immediately reported to the police, who are trying to locate him,” he said.
Korir said the boxer left without his passport and luggage. “We really don’t know how he wants to operate because we have his passport and part of his luggage is intact,” he noted adding that it is unfortunate the boxer decided to make that decision.
The Kenyan Ambassador to Australia, Isaiah Kabira, said that protocol demands that he waits for official communication from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Australia before commenting on the issue.
Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya (ABA) chairman, John Kameta, said he suspects the 19-year-old boxer had pre-planned the whole issue with someone based in Australia.
“I sincerely do not know how this boy is going to operate here. But to be honest, it is a big blow to us because he was part of our plan for Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he said.
He said one of the boxers woke up only to discover that his fellow boxer was missing.
He said Agina had borrowed US$ 1,100 (Sh110,685) from fellow boxer Benson Gicharu and promised to refund.
“I even talked to him trying to advise him on how to save what he had gotten in allowances and he told me that they were working on a project together with the mother back home. I even commended him saying that was very good thinking,” he said.
He said even surprising is the fact that this was Agina’s first assignment with Team Kenya.
He said they will need to revise the way civilians in the boxing team should be handled because this is not the first time they are disappearing.
On his competition, Kameta said Agina had fought very well but was sort of ‘robbed’ of victory.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports has it that five boxers and three weightlifters from Cameroonian and a Tanzanian athlete have also disappeared without trace.
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