Muhangi (L) hands over equipment to the Bombers

Uganda’s national boxing team (the Bombers) entered residential camp on Wednesday at Luzira prisons before starting training on Thursday morning ahead of the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics African qualifiers due next month February 20-29 in Dakar, Senegal. Other 13 reserve boxers were added to the already confirmed 13 boxers to Senegal to help in sparring. The Bombers were due to enter residential camp early this month but were undone by lack of finances.

“We have been promised Shs500m by government but we are yet to receive it. As the federation, we had to improvise and take the team to the camp because time was totally against us. You cannot prepare late or inadequately and expect success at the international level,” noted Muhangi, who wil travel as the Bombers team manager to Senegal. In the meantime, Zebra Ssenyange will be the camp manager.

Bombers get equipment to use in camp from UBF Executive (UBF Pic)

“Our challenges have been financial. Most of the countries have been in camp weeks and months back, but nevertheless we are starting ours and we are hopefully. We have been promised support from NCS and UOC which is a great sign that government is willing to help us. We will be receiving Shs500m from NCS, although our projected budget was Shs650m. We are waiting for the money to come through,” noted Muhangi.

The Bombers camped at the same venue prior to last year’s All Africa Games in Morocco. Among the coaches in camp, the All Africa Games Coach Mohamed Medhi Mulandi was dropped despite bringing home three medals.

Bombers Squad in Camp

The Bombers team

Fly Weight

Main – Disan Mubiru

Reserve – Muhammed Lwanga

Feather Weight

Main – Isaac Masembe

Reserve – Jonah Kyobe

Light Weight

Main – Adinan Yasin

Reserve – Joshua Tukamuhebwa

Welterweight

Main – Shadir Musa Bwogi

Reserve – Stanley Mugerwa

Middle Weight

Main – David Ssemujju

Reserve – Yusuf Nkobeza

L/Heavy Weight

Main – Joshua Male

Reserve – Eldris Mukibi

Heavyweight

Main – Alex Bwambale

Reserve – Emma Kyambadde

Super Heavy

Main – Solomon Geko

Reserve – Hudson Muhumuza

Women

Fly Weight

Main – Catherine Nanziri

Reserve – Teddy Nakimuli

Featherweight

Main – Susan Akello

Reserve – Jalia Nali

Light Weight

Main – Rebecca Amongin

Reserve – Sarah Laker

Welterweight

Main – Emily Nakalema

Reserve – Lydia Nantale

Middle Weight

Main – Doreen Nassali

Reserve – Hellen Baleke

Technical Team

Manager – Zebra Mando Ssenyange

Doctor – Christopher Mbowa

Coaches – Patrick Lihanda, Samuel Kabugo, Tonny Sekabira, Dan Kasole, Twaib Mayanja

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