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Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers: 104 Boxers in Quarter Finals in Dakar



The Africa Olympic Games boxing qualifiers enter the crucial phase today Wednesday September 13, with the quarter-finals expected to be fiercely contested as boxers vie for only 18 slots allocated to Africa by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A total of 104 boxers from 26 countries will battle it out in the quarters.

African Olympic Boxing Qualifier
– Statistics after the preliminaries

  • Number of participating countries: 41
  • Number of participating boxers: 235
  • Number of weight classes: 13

The biggest delegations in the African Qualifier

Morocco and Senegal with maximum number of 13 boxers

  • The smallest delegations in the African Qualifier: Benin, Burundi, Congo, Liberia, Sudan each with 1 boxer
  • Number of competition days completed: 3
  • Total number of competition days: 6
  • Number of bouts in the preliminaries: 131
  • Number of quarter-finalist boxers: 104
  • Number of quarter-finalist nations: 26

The list of the participating countries at the African Olympic Qualifier

Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia

Total number of quarter-finalists per nations

  • Algeria: 11 boxers
  • Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia: 8 boxers
  • DR Congo, Mozambique: 7 boxers
  • Egypt, Kenya, Senegal: 6 boxers
  • Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ghana: 4 boxers
  • South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia: 3 boxers
  • Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia: 2 boxers
  • Botswana, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Togo: 1 boxer

Women’s quarter-finalists

  • Nigeria: 6 women boxers
  • Algeria, DR Congo, Tunisia: 5 women boxers
  • Mozambique: 4 women boxers
  • Kenya, Morocco: 3 women boxers
  • Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Senegal, Zambia: 2 women boxers
  • Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania: 1 woman boxer

Men’s quarter-finalists:

  • Algeria: 6 men boxers
  • Morocco: 5 men boxers
  • Egypt, Senegal: 4 men boxers
  • Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tunisia, Uganda: 3 men boxers
  • Cameroon, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania: 2 men boxers
  • Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritius, Seychelles, Togo, Zambia: 1 man boxer Number of quotas per weight classes:
  • Women’s 50kg: 2
  • Women’s 54kg: 2
  • Women’s 57kg: 2
  • Women’s 60kg: 2
  • Women’s 66kg: 2
  • Women’s 75kg: 1
  • Men’s 51kg: 1
  • Men’s 57kg: 1
  • Men’s 63.5kg: 1
  • Men’s 71kg: 1
  • Men’s 80kg: 1
  • Men’s 92kg: 1
  • Men’s +92kg: 1

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Dreams FC land in Uyo for crunch clash with Rivers United




Ghanaian club, Dreams FC have arrived Uyo for their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Rivers United.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side top the Group C table with 12 points from five games.

The Ghanaian FA Cup champions need just a point from the game to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Rivers United occupy third position in the group with nine points from same number of matches and just 1-0 win will be enough for the Port Harcourt club to qualify for the knockout round.

The encounter is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.

Tunisia’s Club Africain and Academica do Lobito of Angola will clash in the other group game.


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StarTimes to air four NPFL games weekly




StarTimes has increased its weekly live broadcast of Nigeria Professional Football League matches to four from February, instead of the usual two live matches per week.

The Pay-TV firm said fans should brace themselves for an electrifying weekend as the NPFL serves scintillating fixtures on Beta Sports channel 244 on StarTimes.

As the sun sets on Saturday (today) at 5:30pm, Remo Stars take on Bayelsa United. Remo, renowned for their attacking flair, aim to extend their winning streak, while Bayelsa, hungry for points, will be out to play party spoilers.

Also, Doma United square off against Sporting Lagos on Monday. The stakes are high as both teams jostle for mid-table supremacy.

Midweek, two matches were already aired live. Some of the other matches scheduled for this weekend like the Gombe United vs Shooting Stars match have been rescheduled to Tuesday.

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NPFL U-17 Youth League: Elegbeleye Reveals Major Reason Behind Programme Creation




The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has revealed that the major reason for making inroads into the NPFL Youth League is to have a pool of players the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can consider for international youth tournaments.

At a media parley in Benin, venue of the maiden edition of NPFL Youth League Playoff, NFF 2nd Vice-Chairman and NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye also said the league body has picked some former Super Eagles players whose recommendation would be relied upon to assemble a solid structure for the junior national teams.

“Nigeria have an enviable record of winning the U-16 World Cup on five occasions. However, we couldn’t even qualify from Africa the last time the competition was held due to our lack of planning.

Now that we know that without good planning, you can’t get result, we decided to come up with the idea of the NPFL Youth League exclusively for players in the elite league.

With that, we hope to have a pool of talented players where NFF can pick for U-17 Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He insisted that NPFL should be the main focus of such players.

Four ex-Nigeria International players were unveiled as brand ambassadors.

They are current Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Paschal; Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, Yakubu Aiyegbeni; Seyi Olofinjana, a chemical engineer and NFF technical director, Augustine Eguavoen.

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