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Bombers confident of winning Commonwealth medals

By Derrick Wadria, Silvano Kibuuka

Added 26th February 2018 02:18 PM

Bombers coach Patrick Lihanda has said the athletes are upbeat and have been training at their individual clubs.

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Bombers under training

Bombers coach Patrick Lihanda has said the athletes are upbeat and have been training at their individual clubs.

After receiving a boost of boxing gear from Street Finance on Monday, the Bombers are determined to scoop medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games slated for April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia.

On their first day of non-residential training at Lugogo in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, the pugilists received boxing gear comprising 12 pairs of gloves, 12 skipping ropes, 12 sets of weights and 35 gum shields. Musa Shadir, the Bombers captain, said the only way to victory is by relying on what the coaches tell them and putting in more effort.

“We all want to be part of the team that will represent the country and we are determined to win medals, but this will come to one who works hard and takes into action what the coach says,” Shadir said.

Uganda Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi, who won National Council of Sports’ endorsement last week as the bona-fi de leader to run the federation, applauded the donors for the support and vowed to do his part as president.

“We are very happy for the support Street Finance has rendered to us as we prepare for the Commonwealth games. We shall also do our part and make sure that we bring back the boxing pride,” Muhangi said.

The 16-man team will be trimmed to six who will travel to Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games in April.

Drills in full gear
Bombers coach Patrick Lihanda has said the athletes are upbeat and have been training at their individual clubs.

The boxers have been called from clubs including KCCA, Lukanga, KBC, Cobap, Katwe, Police and UPDF.

“We have non-residential training. We only need to improve on a few areas because they have been active at their clubs,” said Lihanda.

Vice President in charge of the technical matters Fred Kavuma said they are planning to take the team for the 2018 ‘Bingwa Wa Mabingwa’ boxing championships in Tanzania slated to start on March 6.

“It will be a build up for the Commonwealth Games,” said Kavuma.

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