Mukiibi Idris tightens gloves ahead of the African Boxing Championship in Maputo, Mozambique.

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By Morris Rawal

Mukiibi Idris, the heavyweight national novice’s gold winner for 2019, has said that he is more than prepared to represent Uganda with honor at the next African Boxing Championship in Maputo, Mozambique.

Due to slot restrictions, Mukiibi was able to represent Uganda at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. 

He promised to bring home a medal for his nation in Maputo.

The  Kololo Boxing Club novice is currently undergoing non-residency training at the National Council of Sports gym.

The winning team will represent the nation at the major yearly boxing spectacle, scheduled for September 9–18.

Mukiibi Idris is so much excited about the competition. 

“This is a chance to enrich my cabinet with another medal and I can’t just allow it to slip through my fingers. I’m ready to fight for my country,” said Mukiibi.

“I’m aware of the tough competition at the Africa Boxing Championship but then my opponents should prepare for a big fight. I’ll be stepping into the ring in Maputo, winning a medal in sight.”

Mukiibi was noticeably missing from the Ugandan four that traveled to Birmingham, despite the final lineup being determined by the slots allotted for team Uganda.

Moses Muhangi, president of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), stated that the team for the Maputo Games has already been put together, but he was unhappy with the boxers due to their lack of passports and other issues with discipline. 

“At the beginning of the year, we sent a message to all of the boxers’ clubs encouraging them to apply for passports and national identity cards, but the majority have still not received them, so we have decided to take only those who have passports”, he said

The Uganda Bombers Squad will attempt to rebound in Maputo from their disastrous performance at the Commonwealth Games, where the majority crashed out in the preliminary fights with one lady winning a bronze medal for team Uganda.

Squad

Nakimuli Teddy (Fly Weight-50kg), Kyobe Jonah (featherweight -57kg), Jonah Tukamuhebwa (Lightweight-63.5kg), Owen Kibira (Welter weight-67kg), Isaac Zebra Ssenyange (Light Middle-71kg), Idris Mukiibi (Light Heavy-81kg) and Yusufu Nkobeza (Middle-75kg).

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