The Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation is entering the New Year 2009 without a clear vision to redeem its image following the infighting that dominated much of 2008. A break away faction, the Uganda Amateur Clubs Boxing Association has emerged to take control of the highly prized game in the country.
David Kyambadde Kawuzi the General Secretary of the Uganda Amateur Boxing Federations says there is need, to reorganize if Amateur boxing is to be taken to another height. He says rebellious clubs ruined events that were planned for the outgoing season but turned to accuse the federation of incompetence. Kyambadde says the Federation is to review its technical competence before the new activities are initiated
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He says as a measure to boost the sport, the federation is to train more coaches since there are only three coaches in the country holding a diploma. The three coaches with a diploma include national team coach Dick Katende, Kent Musa of the UPDF and Vincent Byarugaba of Hima. The remaining 33 coaches have basic coaching skills. Kyambadde says one needs to have been a boxer to qualify to coach boxing.
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Kyambadde attributes the low performance in boxing to poor management of clubs that he says are shifting blame to the federation. He says many clubs failed to meet their registration requirements that include paying the annual subscription of 300 US dollars, submission of club constitutions, the exact number of their players and coaching staff.
He says the problem is compounded by owners of more than one club. Currently eleven clubs are affiliated to the federation. Sports minister Charles Bakabulindi recently ordered for the review of the Federation constitution in a bid to end the rows that have marred the sport.