Uganda’s boxers at the Commonwealth Games have one tough opponent to deal with before they step into the ring next Friday. The Bombers must side step a flu attack to be fit in time for the tournament. “I have noticed that Nassir (Bashir) has a cold and will need treatment,” Bombers coach Dick Katende said after taking his five boxers through an entertaining training session at the Emirates Arena on Friday evening. The Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) president Kenneth Gimungu is already undergoing treatment for flu and aised his pugilists to seek immediate medical attention. Team captain Rogers Ssemitala also sneezed more than twice during the training. “Don’t take flu so lightly, it’s a very serious disease. Whoever is feeling unwell must report to the clinic immediately. You should also keep away from crowded places and take lots of fluids.”Despite the health scare which should be dealt with before the tournament starts, the Bombers are in very high spirits. During the torturous one-hour training session, they worked so tirelessly and punched each other furiously during sparring.
stronMismatched partners stronSuper heavy weight Michael Ssekabembe paired up with light heavyweight Solomon Geko while flyweight Rogers Ssemitala faced off with light fly Fazil Juma. In between the session, Ssemitala switched sparring opponents to Ssekabembe and Juma squared up with Geko. The mismatches are meant to help the heavyweight boxers improve their speed, according to the coach. “Don’t feel sorry for him. Have you seen him crying? Punch him hard,” coach Katende shouted after Geko cornered the tiny Juma but stopped throwing punches at him. “Pain is sweet guys. Let’s work up the punches,” the coach urged on his boys. All the while, Nassir was working alone with Katende sparing some time to attend to him. By the end of the session, all the pugilists were struggling to carry their bodies around but still summoned enough energy to say a team prayer. “I am happy all of you are maintaining weight,” Katende remarked. “We are here on a mission and must accomplish it.” Meanwhile, the badminton team has been hit with an injury scare after Daisy Nakalyongo twisted her ankle on Wednesday. The player is undergoing treatment.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor