Senegalese Wrestling: Papa Sow Taught a Lesson Never to Forget In a One-Minute Combat.
Ama Balde was left jubilant on Saturday following his triumphant fight with Papa Sow that ended in a one minute bout with the latter left to bite the dust.
Staged at the barely filled 60,000 Leopold Sedar Senghore stadium in the capital, Dakar, Papa Sow, from Parcselles-Ashlm, cut a desolate figure at the end of the bout.
The club Fass second-in-command got warned twice for delaying time prior to the start of the combat. Clad in rags and ‘juju’ nuts with a white-powdered face, Sow threw a raw egg to the ground and dusted his hands at his opponent in a ritualistic match-kick-off.
At the first blow of the whistle, Ama, the taller of the two, went on the attack closing down on his opponent with successive but provocative hand swinging. He then threw a teasing punch which Papa Sow returned with keen interest.
As they came close to grappling, Sow attempted to go for his adversary’s leg but got pinned down prior to being pushed as he fell back first in the sands.
Papa Sow, flanked by former wrestler Tapha Gueye, holds his head in defeat. (Image: Senego)
Saturday’s victory means Pikine-based Ama hasn’t lost a match since 2012.
He is now tipped to face Division A wrestler Modou Lo.
A jubilant Ama Balde looks on after defeating Papa Sow. (Image: Senego)