The national boxing team, the Bombers, entered camp Monday, April 24 to put their entire concentration on how to get positive results in the forthcoming Africa Boxing Championship.
A group of pugilists is set to represent Uganda at the continental showpiece set start May 27 in Congo Brazzaville.
The team will reside at the National Council of Sports hostel in Lugogo until they leave for the competition in May and will have two training sessions per day.
“I am impressed with the levels of fitness as well as the way most players have improved their technique,” Bombers head coach Patrick Lihanda revealed after the national team trials over the weekend.
Prior to the naming of the final team, there was action in the national trials with several upsets on the card.
Nasil Bashir, who recently captained the national team in the Mabingwa Wamabingwa championship in Tanzania, found the going tough as he was floored by Marvin Ssali in the Bantam weight category.
The team started training early this month and Lihanda is confident the boxers will do their best when the competition gets underway in May.
The African Boxing Championship is the biggest boxing event on the African continent and acts as a qualifier for the World Boxing Championships.
In the last edition of African Boxing Championship held in Morocco two years ago, Uganda managed 5 bronze medals having sent 7 boxers to the event.
Of the seven boxers who made the Morocco event, four qualified for the World championships and Lihanda will be hoping for increased representation at the world event this time round.
Bombers team in camp
Umar Mutebi, Joshua Kizza, Moses Kabuuka, Juma Miiro, Isaac Masembe, Marvin Ssali, Waswa Ssali, Joshua Nyanzi, Shadir Musa, Latib Muwonge, Muzamir Kakande, David kavuma, Yusuf Babu, Kenneth Mubazzi, Reagan Simbwa, Safic Kiwanuka, Solomon Geko, David Ayiti, Med Mulandi, Lawrence Kalyango and Tony Sekabira