XXI Commonwealth Games:

  • 4th – 15th April 2018
  • Carrara Stadium, Australia (Gold Coast City)
Uganda Bombers team players with the newly elected UBF president Moses Muhangi (in suit) at Lugogo on Monday © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The Uganda national boxing team (The Bombers) is primed to take part in the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.

Boxing is one of the sporting disciplines where Uganda will be represented, and a ‘sure deal’ medal prospect.

The other sports disciplines where Uganda expects to field teams are Netball, Badminton, Weightlifting, Rugby (Seven’s), Squash, Cycling, Athletics, Table Tennis and Swimming.

Upon this background, the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) under the newly elected president, Moses Muhangi has on Monday liaised with the selected pool of boxers whose names are provisionally short listed with the games’ organizing technical committee in Australia.

Muhangi, flanked by his entire executive committee members and federation patron Godfrey Nyakaana hosted the boxers at the newly refurbished headquarters of the Uganda Boxing Federation found at Lugogo.

This is a crucial meeting between the pool of boxers ready to start preparations for the Commonwealth games and the new management at UBF.

We are happy to meet you and ready to work with you by supporting you in the best possible way so that we ripe the desired results as expected.

Moses Muhangi (third from left) addresses the media and boxers during the press conference on Monday at Lugogo in Kampala © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The federation patron, Nyakaana vowed to further improve on the welfare of the players set to officially embark on preparations.

Boxers need to get the best feeding, training facilities and accommodation facilities if we are to get the results desired. We shall work hand in hand to make this achievable.

Led by captain Musa Shadir Bwogi, a boxer at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) boxing club, the players from the facial expression seemed ready for the huge task ahead of them.

Team captain Musa Shadir Bwogi (right), a Light Welter boxer with one of the coaches, Lawrence Kalyango (right) © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The 16 man squad will be trimmed to 6 or 7 (depending on the number Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports will ask for).

We are ready to fight for the slots available when official training starts.

Personally, I will use my previous experience from Congo Brazzaville during the All Africa Games to fight all the way.

To represent the country with pride is a big dream in everyone’s mindset at such global games.

We are ready come what may

Lukanga Boxing Club’s Marvin Omondi addresses the media after the press conference at Lugogo. He vowed to stage the best performance in training to make the final traveling team

Uganda Boxing Federation is thus expected to assemble a formidable team of boxers that will be named by March 2018 ahead of the XXI Commonwealth games which kick off on 4th April till 15th April 2018.

The 16 man provisional team has Joshua duo of Nyanzi and Kizza (Light Fly), Juma Miiro and Muhammed Lwanga (Fly Weight), Marvis Ssali, Nassir Bashir and Marvin Omondi (Bantam), Musa Shadir Bwogi, Latibu Muwonge, Umar Mutebi and Anthony Mukiibi (Light Welter), David Ssemujju (Welter Weight), Solomon Geko (Super Heavy), Bob Asiya (Light Weight), Reagan Ssimbwa Simbwa (Light Heavy) as well as Shafic Kiwanuka (Heavy Weight).

KCCA’s Bashir Nassir addressing the journalists about his readiness for the team’s training ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia

Coaching Staff:

There five coaches who are expected to work out the selected players.

These include; Lawrence Kalyango, Patrick Lihenda, Charles Lubulwa, China Kasumba and Muhammed Kateregga.

Only one coach will be considered to travel with the team.

One of the Bombers coaches Lawrence Kalyango in an exclusive interview with Kawowo Sports at Lugogo, Kampala © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

There are 70 countries that have duly registered to take part in this year’s Commonwealth games that will be hosted in the lavish Gold Coast city.

The last Commonwealth games were hosted by Glasgow city in Scotland (2014).

Birmingham city in England will entertain the 2022 games.

Provisional Bombers Team:

Light Fly (49 Kg):

  • Joshua Nyanzi (KCCA)
  • Joshua Kizza (COBA)

Fly Weight (52 Kg):

  • Juma Miiro (KCCA)
  • Muhammed Lwanga (Katwe)

Bantam (56 Kg):

  • Marvin Ssali (Zebra)
  • Nassir Bashir (KCCA)
  • Marvin Omondi (Lukanga)

Light Welter (64 Kg):

  • Musa Shadir Bwogi (KCCA) – Captain
  • Latibu Muwonge (Zzana)
  • Umar Mutebi (Lukanga)
  • Anthony Mukiibi (Lukanga)

Welter Weight (69 Kg):

  • David Ssemujju (KCCA)

Super Heavy (91+ Kg):

  • Solomon Geko (Lukanga)

Light Weight (60 Kg):

Bob Asiya (East Coast)

Light Heavy (80Kg):

  • Reagan Simbwa (KCCA)

Heavy Weight (91 Kg):

  • Shafic Kiwanuka (Kampala Boxing Club)

Coaches:

  • Lawrence Kalyango
  • Patrick Lihenda
  • Charles Lubulwa
  • China Kasumba
  • Muhammed Kateregga

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