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Miiro A Win Away To Bag Commonwealth Games Medal

Ugandas Juma Miiro will need to win his quarter final encounter in the 49-kg weight category to be assured of a medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
England’s Luke McCormack who will face Uganda's David Kavuma Ssemujju.
 

Uganda's Juma Miiro will need to win his quarter final encounter in the 49-kg weight category to be assured of a medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In the draws made on Tuesday Miiro was among the boxers who were exempted from the first round of 16. Miiro will wait to face the winner between Namibia's Matias Hamungela and Shaffi Hassan from Kenya.

Boxing will take place at the Oxenford Studios April 6-14th.  Like all Commonwealth boxing events, both semifinal losers will also be awarded bronze medals.

Shadir Musa Bwogi who won gold at the the Bingwa Wa Mabingwa Championship in Tanzania last month in the 69kg category was also among the nine boxers who will start from the round of 16. He will face the winner between Merven Clair (Mauritius) and Abubakari Quartey (Ghana).

Nasir Bashir who lost out at the quarter final stage to Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland will be up against Swaziland's Zweli Dlamini in the round of 16 in the 56kg category.

In the 64kg category Uganda's David Kavuma Ssemujju will battle England's Luke McCormack in the first round of 32. Light heavy weight boxer (81kg) Reagan Ssimbwa is the other boxers who will represent Uganda.

Moses Muhangi, Chairman of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) told URN that he is optimistic the team will perform well in Australia. “ We have prepared and motivated our boxers well enough for the Games. We should be able to win more than two medals that we won during the 2014 Commonwealth Games,”  said Muhangi who added that he will reward every boxer who wins a medal with UGX1 million.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Mike Sekabembe (Super heavyweight ) and Fazil Juma Kaggwa (light flyweight) won Uganda bronze medals.

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