UPDF officer Mugagga to officiate at Africa games in Ghana
By Emmanuel Sekago
In a historic move, UPDF officer Moses Mugaga has been selected to officiate at the prestigious Africa Games, marking a significant milestone for both Ugandan sports and the military.
Mugaga’s appointment underscores the depth of talent and expertise within Uganda’s armed forces, highlighting the invaluable contributions of military personnel to the nation’s sporting endeavors.
The 13th Africa games will be played in Accra, Borteyman, University of Ghana and Cape Coast, starting from Friday, March 8th to Saturday, March 23rd 2024.
As an officer in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), Mugaga brings with him a wealth of experience and dedication to the world of sports officiating.
His selection to oversee events at the Africa Games reflects not only his individual prowess but also the caliber of training and support provided by the UPDF in nurturing talent across diverse fields.
The Africa Games, renowned for showcasing the continent’s finest athletes and sporting talent, provide a platform for nations to compete on a global stage. Mugaga’s participation as an official not only elevates Uganda’s presence at the Games but also serves as a testament to the country’s commitment to excellence in sportsmanship and fair play.
For Mugaga, this appointment represents the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to his craft. As he prepares to officiate at the Africa Games in Accra, Ghana, he carries with him the pride and honor of representing both the UPDF and the nation of Uganda on an international platform.
As Uganda celebrates Mugaga’s achievement, the spotlight shines brightly on the UPDF’s ongoing efforts to promote sporting excellence and leadership development among its ranks.
Mugaga’s success serves as inspiration for aspiring athletes and officials within the military and beyond, reaffirming the limitless possibilities that arise from dedication, discipline, and determination.
As Mugaga takes his place among the distinguished officials at the Africa Games, he carries with him the hopes and aspirations of a nation, embodying the spirit of resilience, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that defines Uganda’s rich sporting heritage.
His journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of sport and the boundless potential that lies within each individual to make a meaningful impact on the world stage.
It should be noted that in 2018 when Moses Muhangi took charge of Uganda Boxing federation (UBF) they had no single Technical official qualified to officiate at international level.
Even at National level they had only 12 Referees and Judges only. Today the Uganda boxing federation has 27 National Technical Officials , 45 Referees & Judges, 1 international technical boxing official and 35 international boxing qualified coaches.
Since then they have developed capacity of Referees & Judges to 3 star and 2 start by IBA standards, as well as some coaches to 3 star and 2 star IBA qualifications
“It gives me joy to see that Mr. Mugaga Moses who is a 2 star Referee and Judge has been appointed to officiate at All African games 2024 in Ghana. Just like how Mr. Achiga Antonia has severally been appointed to officiate At Olympic Games and various boxing world championships since 2018,” said Muhangi.
“This has been a deliberate effort by my administration to ensure that we build capacity of our technical official and subsequently build our competitiveness at all levels of boxing as Ugandans,this can not go without saying that our official will earn more in terms of monies but also international experience, which experience can also be applied in local competitions for the benefit of the rest of our judges and the boxers themselves,” he added.
Meanwhile, Muhangi has vowed to continue to exploit all available opportunities to build the capacity of all other Uganda boxing federation officials.