Zambian boxers shine in Samoa

ZAMBIA kicked off the on-going Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on a good note after bantamweight boxer Emmanuel Ngoma technically knocked out Malaysian fighter Azuan Muhammad in the first round.

Just after the bell to signal the start of Round One , Ngoma ceaselessly unleashed blows on Muhammad forcing the referee to stop the match on a technical knockout decision.

Zambia earned another technical knockout in the lightweight category, when Nkumbu Silungwe put up a brilliant performance by knocking out Akubor Bris Payne of Nairu Islands in the first minute of the first round.

The two boxers were expected to return in the ring yesterday with Ngoma facing off Aime Valdono Bekombo from Cameroon while Silungwe taking on Katua Thadius of Papa New Guinea.

In track and field athletics, 400 meters runner Abigail Chongo failed to qualify to the semi-finals after she finished fifth with a personal best time of 58.48 minutes.

Chongo and Godfrey Chama were scheduled to compete in the 200m and 800m yesterday.

In swimming category, Kumaren Naidu was first up in the 50meters butterfly setting a new personal best of 28.36s from a previous time of 29.32 seconds.

Naidu managed to grab a slot in the B final clocking 1.06.84 in the 100 m backstroke.

Kasia Lewis won her heat in the 50 meters butterfly category clocking 30.92. Chef De mission Leah Namukonde commended the athletes for a good start and encouraged them to work harder.

“It was a good showing from all the athletes who participated today. We will seek to continue to fly the Zambian flag high and make the country proud,” she said.

The Commonwealth Youth Games that kicked-off on September 5 will close on Saturday.