Ghana finish in 3rd in Africa Junior Cadet Fencing Championship

Author: Isaac Ashietey
Africa Junior Cadet Fencing Championship
Africa Junior Cadet Fencing Championship

Hosts, Ghana, had to settle for the third position as they could not match the prowess of their north African rivals at the just-ended Africa Junior Cadet Fencing Championship at the Cape Coast Stadium last Friday.

Eight other countries, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda,Tunisia ,South Africa,Togo, Angola, Libya joined Ghana, Egypt and Algeria, making up of 11 states to participate in Epee, Saber and Foil in three weapons category in the under 15 and 20 championship.

The six-day competition was dominated by Egypt and Algeria who won most gold and silver medals.

Overall, Ghana bagged nine medals, comprising seven bronze medals in both the under 15 and 20 Sabre and Epee events, as well as two silver medals in individual sports.

Egypt emerged winners with a total of 45 medals (19 gold, 12 bronze and 14 bronze medals), while Algeria  come second with 14 medals comprising five gold, four silver and five bronze.

The President of the Ghana Fencing Federation, Mr Mohammed Mahadi, said he was excited that his organisation successfully hosted the competition in the face of many challenges.

Ghana’s fencing athletes are currently in camp preparing for the World Junior Cadet Championship in the US next month with a team of 15 athletes and six officials.