CURTAIN COME DOWN ON THIS YEAR’S DEFABA CDF CUP TOURNAMENT

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Lance Bombardier Fredric Ramogi of Armored Brigade trading punches with Juma Sharif of Nairobi during their super heavy weight bout.

Today marked the end of this year’s annual DEFABA CDF cup boxing tournament. The tournament is held as a symbol of team spirit in the inter formation competition in combative skills. It also helps the forces build a formidable boxing team to fly its flag in competitions. This year, nine formations participated. These were 4th Brigade, Artillery Brigade,Moi Air Base, Laikipia Air Base, Kenya Navy, Engineers Brigade, Kahawa Garrison, Armored Brigade, and the host Nairobi Garrison. On the first day of the tournament, 24 bouts were played, on the second day, 14 bouts were played and today for the finals, 11 bouts were played. The competition was officially opened by the Commandant DOD CAU Colonel Jacob Ondieki on 26th March, the guest of honor for the finals was GOC Eastern Command Major General Benjamin Biwott representing the Chief of the Defense Forces. Major General Biwott started off the games by getting into the ring and meeting all the contestants in the CDF cup. He personally congratulated each boxer for their efforts so far. From the first fight to the last bout, the contestants only had one goal and that was to win the gold and make their teams proud. Today’s first bout was a special bout between two junior contestants aged10-13.This bout was followed by the Light fly weight , Fly weight, Bantam weight, light weight, light welter weight, welter weight, middle weight, light heavy weight, heavy weight and the super heavy weight categories respectively. In the fly weight category bout between Jackson Okwiri of Kenya Navy and Hussein Mohamed of Armored brigade, fans went wild as Mohammed hit the floor following a series of cross punches by his opponent and surprisingly got back up and fought and at the end of it all, he was the winner in this category. Match of the day was the Super Heavy weight contest between Juma Shariff of Nairobi garrison and Lance Bombardier (LBDR) Francis Ramogi of Artillery brigade. This match ended in the first round after Shariff’s second decided to save his man from the brutal punches he was receiving and threw in the towel. LBDR Ramogi was crowned the winner in the Super Heavy Weight Category a title he holds at the country level. He also represented Kenya in the African Games. At the end of it all, Armored Brigade was crowned overall champions of this year’s DEFABA CDF cup, scoring 13 points. Following closely was Kahawa Garrison with 12 points and third was a tie between Engineers Brigade and Nairobi Garrison with 10 points. 4th brigade came in last managing to scoop only two points from the games. Best boxer overall was Sgt BlackMoses Mathenge of the welter weight category from Kenya Navy. Sgt Black Moses Mathenge is also the DEFABA team captain. Martin Achebi of the light welter weight category emerged as the most promising boxer. Chief Guest Major General Biwott, emphasized the importance of this kind of combative tournaments. “The fact that a contender gets hit, falls down gets back up and fights on, creates a warrior spirit in our soldiers” He said. He congratulated the Defense Forces Armature Boxing Association for their continued efforts to sensitize the Defence Forces personnel on the importance of embracing combative sports. He also noted that as a result of continued support of boxing in the Defence Forces, we have three boxers in the National team Major General Biwott crowned the day by reading a message from the Chief of the Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe. The CDF expressed his joy in seeing enhanced spirit décor through such events and also seeing the military flag fly high as a result of continued and relentless effort to always produce the best breed of boxers. The CDF quoted famous international boxer Mohamed Ali who said that “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will achieve nothing in life.” The CDF also congratulated the service commanders for their continued support of DEFABA effots to sensitize service members. He congratulated the boxing team for their exemplary performance in this year’s African games and wished them the best in the common wealth games. He also noted that this year KDF has recruited a female boxer Veronica Mbithe of the fly weight category. This is a step towards achieving the Forces goal of having a reasonable number of female boxers over the years.

Muhammed Hussein of Armored Brigade (Blue) trades punches with Jackson Okwiri of Kenya Navy (Red) during their flyweight bout.

Muhammed Hussein of Armored Brigade (Blue) trades punches with Jackson Okwiri of Kenya Navy (Red) during their flyweight bout.

Wekonga (Red) and Ng’ang’a trade punches in a special contest (10-13 Years old) in their junior bout.

Wekonga (Red) and Ng’ang’a trade punches in a special contest (10-13 Years old) in their junior bout.

Lance Bombardier Fredric Ramogi of Armored Brigade trading punches with Juma Sharif of Nairobi during their super heavy weight bout.

Lance Bombardier Fredric Ramogi of Armored Brigade trading punches with Juma Sharif of Nairobi during their super heavy weight bout.

Kenya Air Force Band entertaining the guests during the tournament.

Kenya Air Force Band entertaining the guests during the tournament.

Funs, family and friends cheering their team during the tournament.

Funs, family and friends cheering their team during the tournament.