The national boxing team, The Bombers, has been recalled earlier than planned after Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) accepted a quickly-arranged friendly match against Burundi set for April 27-28 at Lugogo indoor arena.
Accordingly, national coach Dick Katende has summoned 20 pugilists for trials to select the final squad to take on Burundi. The Bombers were earlier to regroup next week for a scheduled May 2 friendly against traditional rivals Kenya, but that match has been put on hold until a new date is fixed.
UBF spokesman, Fred Kavuma, said they couldn’t down Burundi because the visitors will cater for all their expenses and Kenya hadn’t confirmed yet. Burundi are also bringing in some of their youth team pugilists who will tussle it with their Ugandan counterparts in curtainraiser bouts.
The Bombers are preparing for upcoming international engagements, which include continental championships and qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics due in Rio, Brazil.
Kavuma says UBF plans to send The Bombers to the World Youth Championships in Atlanta, USA set for July, the Commonwealth Youth Championship in Samoa in August and All Africa Games due September in Congo Brazzaville.
Last month, a 10-man Bombers squad shined in the invitational Nyerere memorial tournament held in Dar es Salaam. Five pugilists, who included 2014 Commonwealth bronze medalist Fazil Juma Kaggwa, reached the finals of the week-long tournament.
Coach Katende and his assistants were happy that the event offered the much-needed exposure and test to the pugilists.
Light flyweight: Fazil Juma Kaggwa, Umar Mutebi
Flyweight: Rogers Ssemitala
Bantamweight: Mike Semindi, Bryan Ssekyejwe
Lightweight: Hassan Abdu
Light welterweight: Shadir Musa, Moses Mutaka
Middleweight: Bastia Tabu, Medie Lubega
Welterweight: Nasser Bukenya
Light heavyweight: Badru Nyombi, Emma Kyambadde
Heavyweight: Solomon Geko, Charles Komakech
Super heavyweight: Mike Ssekabembe
Source : The Observer