Don’t Disappear in Hungary: UBF President

Grace Lindsay Mbabazi

The President of the Uganda Boxing Federation Moses Muhangi has urged the three Ugandan boxers representing  the country in the World youth championships in Hungary not illegally immigrate while on national duty.

The team of three Bombers boxers is captained by Africa Youth Championship silver medallist Reagan Musoke.

The other members are bronze medalist Mazidah Bunnya and Odoch John Fisher. Odoch was a quarterfinalist in Morocco who earned a wild card from AiBA after an epic performance.

The team will be led by their head coach Patrick Lihanda.

Reagan Musoke 52kgs fly weight who captains the team of promising youngsters says he is not overwhelmed at this stage

Musoke says, “I promise Ugandans that this time around we are bringing medals because right now we have had everything we need on time “

However their sendoff follows a spate of runaway episodes by boxers and the impact of their action has been dire says UBF president Moses Muhangi

“Boxers disappearing has cost the federation. We had a challenge to get visas. Almost every embassy has black listed the sport. Whenever they disappear they cost the federation. For the first time we are going to be very tough, if a boxer runs away we shall look for them using Interpol.”

The winner in this championship will qualify directly to the Olympics to be held in Argentina this year in October.

Three national team boxers who traveled for the AIBA World Championships last year, disappeared in Hamburg, Germany, allegedly to search for “better lives”.

They included; David Ayiti, Geoffrey Kakeeto, and African welterweight champion Muzamiru Kakande.

David Kavuma, the Federation (UBF) spokesman who traveled as manager, would later say that the “boxers told me that it was an opportunity for them to stay behind and make their lives better by trying to sign for a club in the German league, since they were in contact with an agent.”

Kavuma added that there was no way he could force the three boxers to fly back to Uganda because they were determined to stay in Germany.

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