Akwasi Ofori Asare, head coach of Ghana’s amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers has revealed that 9 boxers will be selected to represent the nation at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 9 slots consist of eight males and one female boxer he disclosed.
According to him, 20 amateur boxers are currently vying for the limited slots after thirty fighters began a non-residential training at the Bukom Boxing Arena and the Accra Stadium in preparation for the games.
"We have been given nine slots for the Commonwealth Games so we have to prepare towards that arrangement. As it stands now, we have 19 boxers with us training from the 30 that started the preparation," he told Graphic Sports.
Past Olympians Shakul Samed and Suleimanu Tetteh, as well as participants at previous Commonwealth Games, Jessie Lartey and Abubakar Quartey, are all part of the 19 male boxers shortlisted.
On the criteria for selecting the final team for the July 28 to August 8 Games, Coach Asare explained that the team was expected to pitch camp in Nigeria for their final preparations.
He explained that performance at training, sparring and experience would be key in deciding who gets the nod to represent Team Ghana at the Games in July.
"So many factors such as performances in training, sparring sessions and experience will play a key role in the decision making for the Games.
"We are planning to go on a training tour in Nigeria to face their fighters before we take a decision on the final team to the Games," he added.