Ghana

Chorkor Boxing gym gets support from 2 institutions

 A young, dynamic and vibrant boxing adminis­trator, Derek Kotey, last week presented boxing equip­ment to the Chorkor Champions Boxing gym in Accra.

With support from his partners, More Than a Dream School of Excellence based in the United Kingdom (UK), Mr Kotey pre­sented boxing gloves, water bot­tles, head gears, sneakers, wraps and assorted drinks and water to support the training of young and upcoming amateur boxers in Chorkor, a suburb of Accra.

The gesture, according to Mr. Kotey, a son of former Ghanaian at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 in Cote d’Ivoire.

The Stars needed a win to secure qualification and took a 2-0 lead through two penalties converted by Jordan Ayew in each half.

But two stoppage time goals from Geny Catamo from the spot on the 91st minutes, and Renildo Mandava to end the tie 2-2.

Ghana lost the opening game 2-1 to Cape Verde and drew with Egypt and Mozambique to exit the tournament with only two points to account for.

The result ruled out Ghana’s chances of advancing to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

Addressing a post-match press conference, Coach Hughton con­ceded that he has not done well in the tournament.

“We have played three games and conceded two goals in each of these games and we have not put ourselves in a position where we would score goals. I take the responsibility.”

According to coach Hughton, he had a group of players who came to the tournament and wanted to do well but things did not go as planned.

“This was the best opportunity to do well. We had the players for a long period to train togeth­er and we anticipated we would grow stronger as the tournament progressed. By my assessment of the results, it has not been good enough, the 65-year-old coach added.

world champion, Alfred ‘Cobra’ Kotey, was to support amateur boxing in the deprived Chorkor area and play a role in nurturing the next generation of world champions.

Speaking to the Times Sports after the presentation, the Kotey, who doubles as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alfred Kotey Memorial Boxing, a wing of Am­bition Boxing Promotion owned by experienced boxing promot­er, AlhajiToficMuritala, said the equipment were donated by the CEO of the More Than a Dream School of Excellence CEO, Re­naldo King.

King, he said, is a certified amateur boxing coach training a number of talented youngsters and organizes a series of amateur boxing championships.

“He (Renaldo King) may not be here but follows Ghana’s boxing with keen interest. He is aware of the talented boxers in Ghana some of whom are not able to realize their dream.”

“The school is ready to work with stakeholders to develop the sport at the amateur level and hopes to raise funds to procure more equipment to support gyms in Ghana.

According to Mr. Kotey, his or­ganization which was established in memory of his late father, aims at discovering boxers and groom them to become world champions.

That, he said explains the new partnership between his outfit and the Chorkor Champions Boxing gym and thanked all the stakeholders working to make the project a success.

Mr Bernard Armah, a former boxer and Head Coach of the gym thanked the donors for the support and expressed their read­iness to work harder to raise new amateur warriors in Ghana

BY TIMES SPORTS REPORTER

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