Exclusive! Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi, talks Mandela Africa Boxing Cup, starting on Tuesday, April 16th 2024 in Durban, South Africa

Exclusive! Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi, talks Mandela Africa Boxing Cup, starting on Tuesday, April 16th 2024 in Durban, South Africa

By Emmanuel Sekago

Kampala – As the Uganda Bombers prepare to take part in the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup set to take place in Durban, South Africa, starting Tuesday 16th April, 2024, Wallnetnews had an exclusive interview with Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi to shed more light on the event, and below is the excerpt of the interview.

WNN: Mr. Muhangi, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. The Mandela Africa Boxing Cup is fast approaching, and Uganda’s boxing community is buzzing with excitement. Can you tell us about the significance of this tournament?

Moses Muhangi: Thank you for having me, Wallnetnews. The Mandela Africa Boxing Cup holds immense significance, not just for Uganda but for the entire African boxing fraternity. Named in honour of the iconic Nelson Mandela, this tournament symbolizes unity, resilience, and the spirit of African solidarity. It provides a platform for our boxers to showcase their talent on a continental stage and fosters camaraderie among nations.

WNN: What can boxing enthusiasts expect from Uganda’s participation in the tournament?

Moses Muhangi: Uganda has a rich boxing heritage, and we’re sending a formidable team to compete in the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup. Our boxers have been training rigorously, honing their skills and sharpening their techniques. We’re confident that they will put on a stellar performance and make the nation proud. Expect to see electrifying matches, fierce competition, and unforgettable displays of sportsmanship from our athletes.

WNN: How has Uganda Boxing Federation prepared for this prestigious event?

Moses Muhangi: Preparation has been meticulous and comprehensive. We’ve left no stone unturned in ensuring that our boxers are well-prepared both mentally and physically, coaching staff have provided expert guidance, and our athletes have been given all the support they need to excel. Additionally, we’ve focused on creating a conducive environment that fosters teamwork, discipline, and a winning mentality.

WNN: What are your aspirations for Uganda’s boxing team in the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup?

Moses Muhangi: Our primary goal is to showcase the talent and potential of Ugandan boxers on the continental stage. We aim to compete with integrity, determination, and sportsmanship, representing our country with pride and honor. Of course, we also harbor ambitions of clinching victory and bringing home medals for Uganda. However, regardless of the outcome, I’m confident that our athletes will leave a lasting impression and inspire future generations of boxers.

WNN: With 37 African countries confirmed to participate, including Uganda, this promises to be an exciting event. Can you share your thoughts on the significance of such widespread participation?

Moses Muhangi: Thank you. Indeed, the level of participation we’ve seen for the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup is truly remarkable. It demonstrates the unity and passion that exist within the African boxing community. With 37 countries represented, this tournament serves as a platform for athletes from across the continent to come together, compete, and celebrate the sport they love. It’s a testament to the enduring legacy of Nelson Mandela and his vision of unity and solidarity in Africa.

WNN: With the tournament set to kick off on Tuesday, what are your expectations for Uganda’s boxing team and the overall success of the event?

Moses Muhangi: Our expectations are high, Emmanuel. The Ugandan boxing team has been training rigorously and is ready to showcase their skills on the international stage. We’re confident that they will represent our country with pride and honor, and we’re hopeful that they will achieve success in the ring. As for the overall success of the event, I have no doubt that it will be a resounding triumph. With the participation of so many countries and the excitement surrounding the tournament, I believe that the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup will be a memorable and uplifting experience for everyone involved.

WNN: One striking aspect of Uganda’s participation is the composition of the Uganda Bombers team, with a larger number of women compared to men. Could you share more about this unique dynamic?

Moses Muhangi: Yes, it’s true that the Uganda Bombers team for the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup is composed of four women and three men. This reflects our ongoing efforts to promote gender equality and inclusivity within the sport of boxing. We believe that talent knows no gender, and it’s important to provide equal opportunities for both male and female boxers to excel and represent their country on the international stage.

WNN: It’s wonderful to see such a commitment to gender equality in boxing. How has the Uganda Boxing Federation worked to foster an environment where female boxers feel supported and empowered?

WNN: We’ve implemented various initiatives to support and empower female boxers in Uganda. This includes providing equal access to training facilities, coaching staff, and resources, regardless of gender. We’ve also actively promoted female boxing through grassroots development programs, competitions, and awareness campaigns to encourage more women and girls to participate in the sport. Additionally, we’ve worked to create a supportive and inclusive environment within the boxing community, where female boxers are respected, valued, and given the opportunity to thrive.

WNN: With the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup on the horizon, what are your expectations for the performance of Uganda’s female boxers?

WNN: We have high expectations for our female boxers, just as we do for our male boxers. They’ve been training hard and are fully prepared to compete at the highest level. We believe that they have the talent, skill, and determination to make a significant impact at the tournament and to showcase the strength and resilience of women in boxing. We’re confident that they will represent Uganda with pride and honor and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

WNN: What message would you like to send to aspiring female boxers who may be inspired by Uganda’s approach to gender equality in boxing?

Moses Muhangi: To aspiring female boxers, I would like to say: believe in yourself, pursue your passion for boxing with determination and perseverance, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams. You have the talent, the strength, and the potential to succeed in boxing and make a lasting impact on the sport. Keep pushing forward, and know that the boxing community is behind you every step of the way.

WNN: Thank you, Mr. Muhangi, for sharing your insights with us. We wish Uganda’s boxing team the best of luck in the Mandela Africa Boxing Cup.

Moses Muhangi: It’s been my pleasure. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss this esteemed tournament, and I look forward to witnessing the thrilling action unfold in the ring and I’m confident that our female boxers will shine bright on the international stage.

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