Corporal Nick Okoth – Nairobi Garrison (red) who won a Gold Medal in Olympics in Namibia – 2008, a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth games in India in 2010, a Gold Medal in All African Games in Tunisia in 2016, and Bronze Medal in the All African games in Congo in 2016 in action against civilian Alex Mutisya of Engneers Brigade.
The 2016 edition of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Boxing Championships took place between 5th December 2016 and 8th December 2016, at the Defence Headquarters Camp Admin Unit (DHQ CAU), Hurlingam Nairobi.
Speaking during the opening of the games, KDF Amateur Boxing Chairman Colonel Joseph K Nguli expressed his joy in the fact that KDF had made a mark in the country’s boxing sphere, hoping that the 2016 edition would be action, morale and discipline packed. “KDF has been doing well in major competitions such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, with well known boxers such as Nickson Aabaka, and I hope we continue with the same spirit,” he said.
During the games, Service Men from all formations of KDF and Civilians from various camps came together to battle it out for glory, in the various categories that were up for grabs.
In the special category of children between 10-13 years Civilian J Wekonga from Mbotela won the gold medal after his opponent Civilian J Maina from Githurai forfeited the match. In the Fly Weight category, A Kyalo from Nairobi Garrison won 3-0 against D Kamau from Kahawa. At the same time, Civilian E Muthuri representing Kenya Navy lost 0-3 to Civilian D Mwendwa from Moi Air Base in the Light Fly Weight category, while in the Bantam weight Senior Private M Ambasa from Laikipia Air Base lost 1-2 to Civilian E Omollo of Kahawa. In the Senior category of Heavy Weight, it was a bull fight between Corporal M Macharia of Moi Air Base and Civilian H Maganga of Nairobi Garrison, with the latter taking the glory.
Nairobi Garrison were crowned the overall winners of Defence Forces Boxing Championships for 2016, followed by Kahawa number two and Moi Air Base.
During the closing of the event, General Officer Commanding Eastern Command Major General Benjamin Biwot who spoke on behalf of Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe mentioned that the main objective of the annual competition was to offer an opportunity to formations to prove their mettle in the competitive spirit of togetherness and comradeship. He also added that KDF had continued to shine in boxing, noting that five KDF soldiers were in the Kenya National team captained by Corporal Nickson, something that all KDF personnel should take pride in.
“Among the international events in which the Defence Forces participated include the World Military Games in Brazil in 2011 where the team was number eleven overall and number one from Africa, for this we should be proud”.
At the same time, he stated that the federation understood the challenges in boxing as it had become technical and competitive but promised that they would be addressed, with KDF working closely with stakeholders in the efforts to look into them.
Also present during the championships were Defence Forces Sports Control Board Treasurer Colonel S Kipngetich, Officer In Charge of boxing Lieutenant Colonel P B Mungo’ri, One of the founders of boxing in KDF Retired Warrant Officer I David Makumba Jawara, Service members and Civilians.
Corporal Nick Okoth – Nairobi Garrison (red) punches civilian Alex Mutisya to win the bout on a technical knockout during the Defence Forces amateur boxing championship at the Defence Headquarters.