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Kenyan boxers roll out plans ahead of Women's World Championships

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 Kenya's middleweight champion Elizabeth Andiego training in Nairobi. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Hopes are high for the Kenyan boxers heading for the Women's World Boxing Championships who are determined to reach the medal bracket.

As some boxers are confident of doing a superb job, some are desperate as they lack the resources to get them to Kenya Police Training Depot in Mathare, Nairobi.

After missing the league championships last season, Africa Zone Three middleweight silver medallist Elizabeth 'Jaber' Akinyi said she's keen to do better than the previous years and therefore will not disappoint if selected into the final squad.

"It'll not be easy to accomplish all that after missing the league championships but I'm ready to catch up with the rest based on my experience," Akinyi told Standard Sports.

However, welterweight Everlyn Akinyi is a disappointed player after failing to attend training sessions owing to a lack of transport to and from the training venue and a lack of accommodation in Nairobi.

Everlyn lives in Kisumu.

"I have had a sick mother who has drained me hence putting me in an awkward position financially to afford my transport and accommodation expenses," she said.

  Women's World Boxing Championships are due to take place from March 15 to 31, 2023. [iStockphoto]

In reaching the bracket, it comes with lucrative cash prizes introduced last year by International Boxing Association (IBA).

14 boxers have been undergoing intensified training led by head coach Muss Benjamin with the assistance of David Munuhe and John Waweru.

The global championships will be held in New Delhi from March 15 to 31.

In the team are four new players including light flyweights Lancer Akinyi, featherweight Pauline Chege, bantamweight Amina Martha and welterweight Friza Akinyi.

"These four new boxers have brought some sort of excitement in our camp proving that no one is an automatic choice for us," said Munuhe.

Captain Elizabeth Andiego, who is the Africa Zone Three heavyweight gold medalist, is keen to reach the medal bracket after a dismal performance at the 2020 Olympics in Japan and global championships last year.

"Every tournament gives us a platform to improve on our skills and my aim is to reach the medal bracket this time round though it'll not be a walk in the park," said Andiego.

"Our participation in each event comes with the different result(s) that guide us on our expectations in the future," said Andiego.

The full team

Minimum weight (48kg) - Christine Ongare.

Light flyweight (49kg) - Lancer Akinyi and Ann Wanjiru.

Flyweight (51kg) - Veronica Mbithe and Emily Juma.

Bantamweight (54kg) - Amina Martha and Alice Weiyego.

Featherweight (57kg) - Pauline Chege.

Lightweight (60kg) - Stacy Ayoma.

Light welterweight (64kg) - Teresia Wanjiru.

Welterweight (69kg) - Friza Anyango and Everlyne Akinyi.

Light middleweight (71kg) - Lorna Kusa.

Middleweight (74kg) - Elizabeth Akinyi.

Light heavyweight (81kg) - Elizabeth Andiego.

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