Kenya Police ‘Chafua Chafua’ team has named it’s squad for the 2018 season following the retirement of bantamweight Benson Gicharu.
While naming the 2018 team, coach George ‘Foreman’ Onyango also said their sole signing this season, will be middleweight Cosby Odhiambo from Kisumu.
The law enforcers have been working hard behind-the-scenes and coach Onyango admits everything is beginning to come together. Having been stripped off the title last season due allegations of cheating, the ‘Chafua Chafua’ team boxers will be hoping to reclaim their title back from holders Kenya Defence Forces.
The national boxing league has over the past few decades revolved around Police and Army side with Kenya Prisons last winning the coveted title in 1999.
“Our main focus this season will be to win back the league title from KDF and this is a feat we would like to savour after heavy training. Our team remains more or less the same as last year. We will indeed bring in Odhiambo as a second choice boxer to Frederick Ochieng at middleweight while Martin Oduor takes over the bantamweight slot following Gicharu’s exit. We have a squad system which we believe will steer us to greater heights,” said the coach.
Shaffi Bakari, who played at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, retains his light flyweight position. Maurice Ochieng will be the main choice in flyweight while Joseph Shigali resumes his role in light welterweight division.
Onyango said the first leg of the league has been postponed indefinitely as Boxing Association of Kenya seek to attract corporate sponsorship. The league was scheduled to start last weekend in Nakuru.
Police squad: Shaffi Bakari (l/fly), Maurice Ochieng (fly), Martin Oduor (Bantam), Ethan Maina (light), Joseph Shigali (L/welter), Boniface Mugunde (welterweight), Frederick Ochieng to be deputised by new signing Cosby Odhiambo from Kisumu (middleweight), Elly Ajowi (L/heavyweight), David Njuguna (heavy) and Tobias Okeyo (super heavyweight).