The president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), George Lamptey, has expressed his disappointment over the poor show exhibited by the Black Bombers at the recently held Africa Games at Rabat in Morocco.
He explained to the Graphic Sports in an interview that despite the huge exposure all the boxers and their trainers have had in the past, they could not put Ghana’s name on the map at the competition.
Ghana took 10 boxers to the event consisting of two females and eight male boxers with two veteran trainers, Ofori Asare and Lartekwei Lartey, to the competition.
“I am very disappointed, these are boxers who have been to every major international boxing competition and sporting event over the last decade as well as the trainers and they have failed to live up to expectation,” he fumed.
Unfortunately, Ghana’s boxing contingent returned from the African Games with just one medal - a bronze by super heavyweight boxer, Samed Shakur - and it represents the worst performance for the team in recent years.
Mr Lamptey, who oversees amateur boxing in the country, dismissed suggestions by the trainer Ofori Asare that they were robbed saying that it was the coach who rather needed to vary his tactics.
“I mean this is a tried and tested coach, he has achieved something in the past but he needs to vary his tactics now, he is becoming one sided,” he stated.
The GABF chief said he was waiting for a report from Asare to decide the next line of action to take to reinvigorate amateur boxing in the country once again.
Despite the poor performance, he said there was still light at the end of the tunnel because he believed the Black Bombers still stood the chance of qualifying to the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and added that he would start implementing modalities for the team to qualify to the Olympics.
He bemoaned the lack of state support for amateur boxing saying the Ministry, the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the state as a whole do not take the discipline seriously.
He called for a more serious attitude towards amateur boxing in the country and appealed to corporate bodies and other stakeholders to contribute their quota in building infrastructure and injecting capital into the sport.
The Black Bombers returned from the African Games with just one medal