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Ukasha, Semuddu optimistic as Bombers set off for Africa Boxing Championship

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David GOMBE

The Uganda national Boxing team (Bombers) has been flagged off ahead of the Africa Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championship in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The team was flagged off on Monday at Kyamys, Kawaala road. The ceremony was attended by UBF President Moses Muhangi, RCC Ali Shafic, Shadow Minister for Sports Hon.Kayemba Solo, Grace Namutebi (Sting) among others.

The Championship is scheduled to begin on 25th July to August 6th in Yaounde.

Light Middleweight Muzamir Semuddu optimistic that he deliver glory

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“We have prepared well for the championship and we are ready. Personally, I am not just going to participate but to conquer.” I know even the opponents have been preparing but am very ready for the challenge ahead.”

Said Semuddu

Matovu Ukasha (Welterweight category) also eyes glory in Cameroon

“This is the time to shine, I am well prepared for the championship. My coaches have done a tremendous role and I know I will succeed in Cameroon.” Said Ukasha.

The other on the team are Featherweight boxer Mulungi Kassim of East Coast Boxing Club, minimumweight Joseph Kalema, lightweight Ssali Wasswa, middleweight Ronald Okello, cruiserweight Lawrence Kayiwa and super-heavyweight James Baraka. Women debutants are light-flyweight Grace Nakinga, bantamweight Naddia Najjemba, featherweight Sharua Ndagire, lightweight Zahara Nandawula and light-welter Erina Namutebi.

For starters, this is the firstst time that Uganda will be represented by 6 Female Boxers at the 2023 Africa Boxing Championship.

Meanwhile, a total of 35 countries have so far confirmed participation in the $1,000,000 competition. These are DR Congo, Tanzania, Comoros, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Swaziland, Guinea, Morocco, Botswana, Congo Brazzaville, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Ghana, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Togo, Mali, Zambia, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Uganda.

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