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Flames Kickboxing finish as Runners-up

Updated: 4 days ago

The Flames Kickboxing Club (FKBC), representing Eastern Highlands Province (EHP) in the 'Last Man Standing' event at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium on Sunday, 7th July, had finished strongly in second place with six medals under their belt.


The Flames fighters delivered outstanding performances throughout the event, finishing with flying colours by achieving six wins. They earned six medals and topped all the participating clubs in the medal tally.


Emerging star, Brendan Simbani, secured the PNG Junior Championship title in the 60kg division, Afe Eyu won the undercard fight, and Edwin Bowoku claimed victory in the welterweight category.


FKBC's sole female fighter, Arthur James, showcased exceptional skills and emerged as the best in the 65kg division, winning the female championship.


Unfortunately, assistant coach and fighter, Joseph Amanah, lost on a point decision in the 70kg eight-men eliminator , exiting in the elimination rounds. Akena Sanny also suffered a defeat in the 65kg division.


The team of eight fighters was led by head coach and 63kg PNG champion, Kaupa Omena, who competed in the main event.


Assistant coach, Joseph Amanah, shared his experience from the event, stating that they’ve achieved a couple of their goals in the tournament.


"The event was tough, and witnessing other centers, we felt emotionally drained, but through faith, we persevered,” Amanah said.


"We came with a clear purpose that needed to be achieved. Therefore, we successfully won the fights and secured second place overall in the provincial awards."


They are proud to have participated in the significant event from Mendi and express gratitude for the district's support and Eastern Highlands Sports Authority.


Meanwhile, in the provincial medal tally, FKBC Eastern Highlands secured second place, while the National Capital District (NCD) clinched first place through a cumulative medal count from all NCD clubs that took part in the event.

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