The Life of Fallen Boxing Coach Dick Katende

The late Dick Katende (right) poses with boxer Fazil Juma Kaggwa in 2014

Dick Katende has been one of the longest serving national boxing coaches. For a man who lived almost his entire life serving the game, pilule Katende has been an inspirational figure to many people in the boxing fraternity. He diligently served the game both as a player and coach winning medals on various occasions.

His death comes at a time just a few days to the Olympic games where he was supposed to coach to the bombers. It is a huge blow to the boxing family, just like boxer Fazil Juma Kaggwa said after receiving the sad news about the death of his coach.

“My coach, my friend, mentor and father, how am I going to be without you,” cried the boxer.

Katende passed away on Tuesday morning at his home in Naguru. According to the wife, Joyce Nama, her husband woke up at around 3am to go for a short call but instead he found him lying a pool of blood in the washrooms moments later.

His background

Katende was born on October 24th, 1959 to Missusera Olam and Georgina Latop at Mulago hospital.

He grew up in Naguru housing estate, attained primary school education at Naguru primary school and Katale primary school before joining Kololo SS where he received secondary school education.

Katende, 56 is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

Venturing into boxing

Katende grew up in Naguru, one of the suburbs of Kampala and also known to have given rise to various boxers. He started playing the game proper during his time at Kololo SS where he won several competitions.

He later joined Kampala boxing club in the early 1970s before earning his first call to the national team in 1977 at the age of 18.

He went on to win the East African middleweight title in 1977 before repeating similar feat in 1978, 1982 and 1982. He bagged gold at the African boxing championships in Zambia in 1981.

Katende then joined professional ranks in Germany where he won  several bouts before his playing career was cut short by an injury he got on his right eye that saw him quit the game at just the age of 26 in 1983.

Joins coaching

After his retirement, Katende decided to continue serving the game but in a different capacity. He started coaching in 1985 and replaced Cuban coach Jiminez Lazaros as the bombers’ coach.

In 1990, Katende guided the national team to winning two gold medals at the 1990 Commonwealth games in Auckland. He was also coach for the Olympic boxing teams in 2000 and 2004 before quitting his duties in 2007.

He returned as the national team coach in 2013 just in time for the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow where he guided boxers Fazil Juma Kaggwa and Mike Ssekabembe who won bronze medals.

During his coaching career, Katende also guided clubs like Nytil, Food and Beverages, Meat packers and East coast boxing clubs.

On Wednesday, Katende’s body was brought to National Council of Sports(NCS) offices for public viewing and for last respects.

He will be laid to rest on Friday at Parabek village in Kitgum District.


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