Africa Zone 3 light heavyweight champion Elizabeth Andiego has vowed to pulverise her opponents on her way to a successful title defence at the regional championships in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next week.
Andiego said she will be keen to redeem herself after emerging from the IBA World Boxing Championships empty-handed after crashing out in the quarterfinals of the premier women’s boxing extravaganza in India last month.
“We are very much prepared for the championships. The morale in the camp is amazing and we are looking forward to a good performance,” Andiego said after a training session with the national team at the Mathare Depot in Nairobi.
She reckons the traveling contingent possesses the expertise and experience to run over their opponents for a possible medal haul in the third edition of the regional showpiece.
“We are just sharpening our skills and trying to correct our mistakes. We are looking to better our performance from last year when we finished second overall with 18 medals,” said Andiego.
“We are going for all the gold medals. We are training hard as much as we can and pushing beyond to ensure that we make the country proud in Tanzania. The team is very focused and we believe in ourselves. We know we have some good boxers who have the necessary experience to bag medals at this stage.”
Andiego has a heavy responsibility on her shoulders as the assistant captain and the country will be pegging hope on her, hoping she will replicate the performance she displayed at the Africa Boxing Championships in Maputo, Mozambique where she stormed to the silver medal.
“I’ll be taking on some of the usual faces whose tactics I’m very much familiar with. So I’m not worried at all. Still, I expect a tough opposition and I have prepared adequately to face my opponents,” concluded Andiego.