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Ghana's amateur boxing team, Black Bombers, have fallen in an alarming rate one after another at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, with just two out of 10 boxers remaining in the reckoning for medals at the Games.
Heavyweight Maxwell Amponsah and light-heavyweight David Bawah have reached the medal zone as the surviving boxers on whose shoulders Ghana's medal hopes in boxing hinges.
It has been a pathetic campaign for the Bombers whose preparations for the Games were characterised by a pre-depature boycott of training, a move instigated by their trainers at their individual gyms.
Boxing, one of Ghana's strongest points in interenational sports, was regarded as one of the main sources of medals for Team Ghana.
Ahead of the Games, the mainly Accra-based United Boxing Coaches Association withdrew their boxers from camp, demanding that Coach Ofori Asare be reinstated as head of the Bombers' technical team for the Maputo Games. In doing so, they demanded the removal of Ghanaian boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, from that position.
Azumah eventually left the team and failed to make the trip altogether. But at the Games, the boxers have failed to impress, with five of them eliminated by just the third day of competition.
Until last Wednesday night, a third boxer, super-heavyweight Alhaji Haruna Usman was the only other Ghanaian boxer in contention for honours. But like the others, he also fell by the way side.
Other boxers who made the trip were middleweight Norris Thompson who had come from the United Kingdom, Jesse Lartey, Sulemana Tetteh, Abdul Wahid Umar, Benjamin Lamptey, Musah Rahman Lawson and Emmanuel Martey.
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