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Team Nigeria irked by inappropriate match commissioner's decision to strip Nigeria off a convincing win

Posted : 18 March 2024

Team Nigeria at the boxing event of the ongoing 13th African Games in Ghana is now contesting a controversial match in which it is alleged that their boxer was robbed of a victory.

Protests erupted at the boxing venue as Nigeria's Ibrahim was stripped of his victory.

Nigerian boxing officials and fans of the sport were shocked to their core after Yakubu Ibrahim was stripped of his victory in a Light Middleweight contest against Barbari Hamza of Morocco.

Ibrahim, in the blue corner, was declared the winner by all judges in bout number 43, but a few minutes later, the jubilant Nigerian community and the entire hall were thrown into confusion when victory was re-awarded to the Moroccan boxer.

The competition was temporarily halted as angry fans, athletes, and Nigerian officials stormed the arena, protesting the bizarre decision.

The Secretary-General of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Akinyemi, said he had yet to receive a clear explanation about the decision of the match commissioner.

"As I am talking to you, we haven't been given a reason for Ibrahim's victory cancellation,"

"Ibrahim won the bout as shown on the scoreboard. He won round one 5-0, lost 2-3 in round two, and then won the third round 3-2.

"When I met the match commissioner, he said it was a bout review. The question is, why would there be a review in a result declared by judges and changed by the match commissioner when there was no reason to do so?

"The match commissioner said we should request AFBC to intervene,

"This has to be the most embarrassing and shocking decision ever made in a boxing tournament. This is nothing but injustice done to a boxer who had trained hard to compete and win."

He added that AFBC must now intervene to restore Ibrahim as the winner of the bout before the next rounds of the middleweight contests.


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