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Boxers to Battle for National Team Slots in Mini-Tournament

Moses Muhangi, Uganda Boxing Federation President confirmed to URN that the tournament will be used to select National team players at all levels including both Male and females for the upcoming commonwealth games.
Catherine Nanziri, one of the boxers. Photo by Fahad Muganga

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Uganda Boxing Federation-UBF has organized a mini boxing tournament for the selection of the national boxing team for the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth games.

The tournament will take place at the Hockey Ground in Lugogo next week on a date yet to be decided. Pugilists from across the country are expected to take part in the event. 

On Saturday last week, the Boxing Federation organizes a vaccination exercise for all boxers expected to participate in the mini-trials. 

Moses Muhangi, Uganda Boxing Federation President confirmed to URN that the tournament will be used to select National team players at all levels including both Male and female for the upcoming commonwealth games.  

He revealed that although the technical team is yet to make the draws, the three boxers who participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games would only punch in the quarterfinals.    

Those will be given a bye and they only punch in the quarter-finals in their respective weights,” Muhangi said. Three boxers namely National team captain Shadir Musa, welterweight category, Catherine Nanziri, flyweight and David Ssemujju middleweight participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Muhangi also revealed that the competition would cater for six National teams with which each team comprising 13 boxers. They include the elite team (Men and Women) comprising of boxers aged 19 above, Youths (Men and Women) and Junior both men and women teams.   

Catherine Nanziri, flyweight boxer, told URN that she is preparing well for the mini-tournament, saying this would be a great chance for her because of her failure to make her dreams come true in the Olympic Games.  

//Cue in: “Nze nkola training …        

Cue out: …Nga tewali kyakwekwasa,”//

Isaac Masembe, who participates in the featherweight also told URN that he is preparing for the games expects better performance.  

//Cue in: Kasita bamaze otugema …  

Cue out: … ku gym ku lubya,”//  

Masembe is one of the boxers who missed out on the Olympics qualification after losing out in the qualifiers in Dakar last year. Even when his teammates Nanziri and Ssemujju qualified basing on World rankings, the 300 points that put him seventh in the world could not guarantee him a slot at the Olympics.

He however hopes to build from that to storm the national team and compete in the commonwealth games. This will be a great platform for Uganda’s pugilists who have spent a lot of time without any active competition, which explains Uganda's poor performance in the games, according to Muhangi. Before going for the Olympic Games, the three had not stepped in a ring to compete for almost two years.  

Uganda Boxing Federation has spent over two years without a domestic boxing competition, which puts the careers of the boxers at stake. Yet in a year’s time, the bombers will have to take part in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, boxing was Uganda’s most successful sporting discipline at the Olympic Games. Uganda has three silver and one bronze medal.  

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