By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Kenya will have American
Hanif Abdullah leading the coaching pool of the boxing
team ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in
who is in the country, has been hired to improve the
skills and fighting tactics of Kenyan national boxing
team, Hit Squad.
a string of dismal performances by the Hit Squad. Boxing
Association of Kenya chairman John Kameta said Tuesday
the team of 11 boxers, who are preparing for the
Commonwealth Games need to step up their training.
obvious from our last performance in the invitation
tournament; the team took part in New Delhi that more
needs to be done,” said Kameta on Tuesday in Nairobi.
prompted us to seek help and we are happy to have
American Abdullah leading our coaches to attain this.
Our team strength was evidently missing from the
previous games in India and with Hanif on board, I’m
sure the performance will change,” he added.
Maina will deputize Abdullah. At the same time, Kameta
is unhappy with the government for failing to fund the
boxers’ trip to Cuba, where they were to pitch their
send 11 boxers - seven men and four women - to the Club
Games. “Hit Squad” was to train in Cuba and take part in
a Four Nations tournament in Havana.
The deal for
the Four Nations event was realized during the AIBA
Congress in Dubai, where we held extensive talks with
officials from the Cuban Federation,” said Kameta.
invited for the tourney are host Cuba, United Arab
Emirates, Morocco and Ethiopia.
to win any medals in boxing at the last Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland while in New Delhi India in
2010; they only had one bronze medal.
At the Rio
Olympic Games, only two boxers made the cut and were
eliminated in the preliminary rounds.
one of the sports being funded by betting giant firm
SportPesa and since their withdrawal over a tussle with
Kenya government over tax; the sport has been thrown
into confusion and is in dire need of money.