Cameroon finished ahead of 22 countries at the 19th African Boxing Championships.
Six times, the national anthem of Cameroon resounded in Brazzaville. Cameroonians shined at the amateur boxing championships in Africa in the capital of the Congo between June 17 and June 25, 2017. With a total of 9 medals including 6 gold, our country ranked first among 22 nations.
Among the ladies, the plenipotentiaries of Cameroon gleaned three gold medals. Christelle Ndiang (57 kg) won her first continental title by dominating the Algerian Nour Maamed. Yannicke Aubiège Azangue (69kg) also won her first African championship by beating another Algerian Khelif Hadjila in the final. A personal rematch for the former Cameroon tennis champion who had missed the pre-Olympic tournament in 2016. The third gold medal was won by Clotilde Essiane (75 kg), a great first for her as well. The women’s table is complemented by the bronze medal of Christine Akoa Bengono (48 kg) who lost in the final before the Algerian Souhila Bouchene.
The men won three gold and one silver medals. Unsurprisingly, Wilfried Seyi was the strongest in the middleweight category (75kg). The winner of the 2015 African Games did not even need to fight to win his first continental title. His opponent in the final, did not show up. A recent bronze medalist at the Games of Islamic Solidarity, the 13th best boxer in the AIBA ranking, the standard bearer of Cameroon at the 2016 Olympics adds a new title to his already well-stocked record at 19 years.
He was imitated by his comrades Ulrich Yombo (81kg) and Arsene Fokou (+91 kg) who beat by KO two Ugandans. They are Kakande Muzamiru and David Ayiti, respectively. Small disappointment however for Simplice Fotsala (46-49 kg) in flyweight. Present at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, he must settle for the money after his defeat in the final against the Namibian Matias Hamunyela. The Lions boxing prize was completed by Christian Ndzie Tsoye‘s bronze (91kg).
A big harvest for Cameroon which had never won so many titles in the same African championship. The five Cameroonian medal winners (Dieudonné Wilfried Seyi, Ulrich Yombo, Arsene Fokou, Simplice Fotsala and Christian Ndzie Tsoye) are qualified for the next Hamburg world championships.