Now, ten months after the demise of Ssenyange, all the people who depended on the fallen boxer are living in a dilemma. The boxing academy he left behind is seemingly collapsing each passing day with almost everything at a standstill.
It is almost a year since the former
national boxing team captain Isaac Ssenyange alias Zebra Mando was gunned down by officers from the Joint Ant-Terrorism Task Force (JATT). Ssenyange met his death on December 30, 2020, at St
Francis Zone, Bwaise III Parish in Kawempe
He was killed when armed security
officers moving in three Toyota Hiace vehicles commonly known as drones
raided St Francis Zone in Bwaise III
Parish and blocked all roads and access routes as they searched for him. According to the President, the officers had gone to arrest Zebra for some inquiry but unfortunately, he tried to fight them and that is how they ended up
Now, ten months after the demise of Ssenyange, all the people who depended on the fallen boxer are living in a dilemma. The boxing academy he left behind is seemingly collapsing each passing day with almost everything at a standstill. The deceased
had embarked on upgrading the club to a modern facility comprising hostels to serve over 500 boxers.
However, since his death,
almost everything he had embarked on has either
been abandoned or on a standstill. Moses Nyiro, the caretaker and head coach of Zebra Boxing Club spoke to our reporter about the state of affairs at the club.
The unfinished building left behind by Ssenyange, muddy surface and
the flooding house welcomes one at the
facility. Nyiro told URN that whatever Zebra
had started apparently ended with his demise. He points
to the gym and boxing academy, which are
stuck at the foundation level. He says that despite making several promises to
complete the structure, the government is yet to come through with its pledges.
//Cue in; "zebra yali atandise…
Cue out... tetulina buyambi.”//
According to Nyiro, over 500 youth have benefited from the academy, adding that they have continued registering new
entrants despite the sorry state of the club.
//Cue in; "abaana nina…
Cue out… aberawo Saturday.”//
Wasswa Ssali, one of the boxers at Zebra Boxing club told Uganda Radio Network
that life has never been the same since the academy founder was killed. He
believes if Zebra was still alive, they would be
having an international gym that would help them experience the best
//Cue in; "Gym eno tetwagizimba …
Cue out…okolera mu bisooto gym eno.”//
Despite the hard times, Nyiro managed to
prepare some boxers who took part in the just-concluded National boxing trials. The boxers
included Isaac Ssenyange Junior, the son of the late Ssenyange. Ssenyange Junior sailed through up to the semi-finals in the light middleweight category.