Accra – Two Nigerian boxers have drawn bye into the semi-finals of their respective events at the on-going second edition of the ECOWAS Games in Accra, Ghana.
The boxers are Semiu Okerinde in the bantamweight 56 kg category and Adewale Masebinu in the middleweight 75 kg category.
Okerinde will meet Burkina Faso’s Amed Sadek, who also drew bye, in the six-boxer competition’s semi-finals slated for Wednesday.
The other four boxers in the weight category are meeting in the quarter-finals scheduled for between Sunday and Tuesday to produce the remaining two semi-finalists.
Masebinu is also having Mali’s Nouhou Sangara as his opponent in the semi-finals, with the four others in the weight category slugging it out for the rest two semi-final slots in the quarter-finals.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three other Nigerians are in the race for boxing medals at the Games, where the competition is in only five weight categories.
Muideen Buhari is scheduled to face Micah Duke of Ghana in the quarter-finals of the flyweight 52 kg category which has seven competitors.
Oladosu Rilwan is to face Senegal’s Moussa Samb in the quarter-finals also, in the lightweight 60 kg category where seven boxers are in line for medals.
In the lightweight 64 kg category which also has six boxers, Pender Agwholo takes on Ghana’s Lawson Rahman in the quarter-finals.
NAN reports that all the bouts in the boxing event’s quarter-finals have been scheduled for between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening, with the semi-finals on Wednesday and the finals on Thursday.
The Games which got underway on Saturday will come to a close on Friday.(NAN)