FUTURE BRIGHT

Hit Squad's Andiego elated after Maputo glory

Speaking on Thursday, the Hit Squad deputy captain said the landmark win has boosted her self-belief on the international stage.

In Summary

•Andiego, who lost to Moroccan Mardi Khadija in the finals of the women's heavyweight division, also bagged Sh602,000 ($5000) set aside for the tournament's runners-up.

•Before her departure to Maputo, Andiego said she believed the experience she gleaned from the Kinshasa trip had set her on course for a successful medal hunt in future events.

Elizabeth Andiego
Elizabeth Andiego
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Africa Boxing Championship silver medallist, Elizabeth Andiego, says she feels elated about her stellar show at the Maputo show that concluded last week.

Andiego, who lost to Moroccan Mardi Khadija in the finals of the women's heavyweight division, bagged Sh602,000 ($5000) set aside for the tournament's runners-up. She thumped Mkateko Sithole of South Africa on her way to the finals.

She was among the Kenyan trio that romped into the finals of the premier annual boxing extravaganza including Nick Okoth (lightweight) and Samuel Njau (featherweight).

Speaking on Thursday, the Hit Squad deputy captain said the landmark win had driven her self-confidence a notch higher.

“I feel good. I feel extremely proud and happy and I thank  God for the win,” she said.

Andiego said Kenya's splendid performance at the games attests to the traction local boxers continue to gain internationally.

“I can say in Africa, we are at the top level with some of the countries but on the world stage, we still need to work more and that means more exposure, more international tournaments and much support,” she added.

“I believe we can be on top of the world.  It works in progress. I thank BFK and the government for trying to build us but we still need more support,” Andiego said.

Andiego, who was forced to switch to the heavyweight division hours before the semis, believes she still holds the light heavyweight title. She made the switch after she was left as the only contestant in the division. 

“I wanted to defend the Africa light-heavy category, but there was no entry so I had to transfer to heavyweight. I'm glad I did my best.″

This is Andiego's second medal coming hot on the heels of the gold she bagged at the Africa Zone III Championship in Kinshasa, Congo in March.

The 35-year-old mother of one pulverized Tekasala Malewu of the Democratic Republic of Congo on her way to the regional title. She has attributed her meteoric rise to proper preparation and hard work.

Before her departure to Maputo, Andiego said she believed the experience she gleaned from the Kinshasa trip had set her on course for a successful medal hunt in future events.

The seasoned pugilist is elated to have marked her return to the ring in style after a past harrowing procedure conducted on her left leg limited her prowess in the ring.

The hard-hitting boxer escaped death by a whisker in 2015 when she was caught up in a grisly road accident while riding on a motorbike.

 

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