The Uganda National Boxing Team that represented Uganda in the ongoing 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships are stuck in Germany after being locked in a hotel for unpaid bills.
This has been revealed by the Public Relations Officer of the Uganda Boxing federation, Fred Kavuma who went with the team as manager.
“It is true, we have been locked in this hotel and we are not allowed to leave until we clear the bills. We are completely stuck,” Kavuma said.
Another source revealed to this website that David Ayite, also part of the team “is nowhere to be seen”, saying that “he escaped from the team’s camp”.
Ayite, according to the source, is suspected to be in Sweden.
The ‘locked’ contingent consists of team manager Fred Kavuma; team Coach Patrick Lihanda; Catman Tonny Ssekabira and 2 boxers: Kakande and Kakeeto.
When the team was flagged off at Lugogo on August 18, the National Council of Sports assistant General Secretary, Zubair Galiwango claimed that they had given 4 travelling tickets to the team, which were “to cater for the team’s Hotel bills.”
Catman Tony Ssekabira who is also the Coach of UPDF team, it should be recalled, was facilitated by Betway Company.
How they performed
Uganda took a team of 3 boxers in the Boxing Championships, Captain Muzamir ‘KingKong’ Kakande, Geoffrey Kakeeto and David ‘The Dragon’ Ayite.
David Ayite was disqualified since rules do not permit a boxer to fight in the space of 6 months after suffering from a knock out in his previous fight.
Ayite had lost his last fight in July via a knock-out.
None of the two remaining boxers made it past the first round phase.
Welter-weight fighter Kakande lost to USA’s Randall Quinton.
Bamtam-weight fighter Kakeeto lost to Angel Jarquin of Nicaragua via a Knockout