ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
CONFUSION characterised quarter-final bouts at the ongoing Africa Senior Boxing Championship in Congo-Brazzaville after the crowd accused referees and judges of
And two Zambian boxers, Mbachi Kaonga and Nkumbu Silungwe, have qualified to the semi-finals after winning their respective fights while middleweight Ben Muziyo allegedly lost controversially to an Egyptian pugilist.
Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) president Kennedy Mubita said in an interview from Brazzaville yesterday that the tournament was briefly disrupted during Thursday night’s quarter-finals after the crowd started throwing assorted objects into the ring to protest against poor officiating by referees.
“The crowd pelted the referees and judges with all sorts of missiles and as a result, proceedings were halted for over an hour. Fights only resumed after riot police took their place inside the hall,” Mubita said.
He alleged that officiating was generally poor and the protests were not surprising.
“Muziyo was one of the victims of poor officiating. He clearly won the contest but we were robbed. The judges gave the fight to Abdelaal Hesham Yehia Mahmoud of Egypt,” Mubita said.
And welterweight Kaonga beat Kenyan Ochaks Ajowi on unanimous points to advance to the semi-finals.
Lightweight Silungwe beat Pamelo Salakiaku of Angola on unanimous points.
Flyweight Juliana Kasonka and light welterweight Charles Lumbwe were eliminated from the competition.