Black Bombers Head Coach Akwasi Ofori Asare is confident that his team will make history by winning Ghana’s first gold medal at the Olympic games.
This comes after Twenty-year-old Samuel Takyi ended Ghana’s 29 year wait for an Olympic medal with a spirited come-from-behind victory against Colombia’s David Avila Ceiber in the featherweight division of the Olympic boxing event in Tokyo.
Takyi showed experience and spirit beyond his age to pummel two-time Olympian, into submission, successfully overturning the deficit to secure a 3-2 split decision victory in the early hours of Sunday.
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By booking a semi-final spot, Takyi is guaranteed at least a bronze medal even before he takes on American Duke Ragan in the semi-final fight on Tuesday, August 3.
In boxing at the Olympics, both losing semi-finals are awarded bronze medals, meaning Takyi will get a medal irrespective of the outcome of his semi-final fight.
Meanwhile, Coach Asare insists his team will work hard to change the colour of the medal.
“Before coming here, we told the whole public that we are not coming here to joke, we are here to make a difference and that is what is happening now. I used to say, we are going to make history but people took it as a joke and we have proven it. Now we thank everybody who prayed for us and believed in us. The battle is not yet over, we are still working and we want to change the colour of the medal. we know it’s not going to be easy based on our next opponent but nothing is impossible. this is our time to make difference.”
It is Ghana’s first Olympic medal since the Black Meteors won bronze at the 1992 games in Barcelona.
The medal is also the fourth at the games for Ghana in the boxing event, with Takyi joining the illustrious group of Clement Quartey – 1960- Silver, Eddie Blay – 1964- Bronze and Prince Amartey – 1972 – Bronze, as the only men to ever win Ghana an individual Olympic medal.