MIDDLEWEIGHT boxer Ben Muziyo has stormed the semi-finals of the All Africa Games in Congo Brazazzaville with an assurance of minting Zambia’s first medal after technically knocking out Elmekechri Yahia of Tunisia on Thursday night.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist was in his best form and pounded the Tunis boxer Yahia who could not go past the first round when the fight was stopped just in the first 45 seconds of the first round.
He was yesterday scheduled to face Ntsengue Seyl of Cameroon in the semi-finals. Muziyo is the only Zambian boxers in contention after six others were eliminated.
National boxing team coach Kennedy Kanyanta said he was still aiming for gold and that his hope was in Muziyo who had proved he was a hard and determined boxer.
“I am impressed with Muziyo’s tactical approach in this fight. He truly put up a good performance. He just needs to remain focused and disciplined to win the next fight. Seyl is a good boxer and Muziyo will not be complacent,” he said.
Meanwhile, the handball women team kicked-off their group D campaign on a humiliating note, getting a bashing from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which left the Zambians battered 51-10.
The Maria Vikan Opheim tutored Zambian team had a porous defence thereby allowing Congo DR to easily find the back of the net.
The Zambian players could not match-up with the fast paced Congo DR.
Zambia handball team is scheduled to face Ivory Coast in their last group match.