KAMPALA – Local boxers’ governing body – UBF president – Moses Muhangi has established himself as one of the best marketeers of his sport; and it wasn’t a surprise that the International Boxing Federation- Aiba recently awarded Uganda a $5 million (about18,250,000,000) worth of an Academy.
But the challenge for Muhangi and his administration is the lack of funds to procure the land where the project would be built.
“The academy will be the first of its kind in Uganda – offer a wide range of training opportunities,” revealed Kenneth Arereng – the UBF spokesperson as he quoted the letter from Aiba.
“The Academy will be equipped with all the required facilities to match the internatgional standards and enable our boxers to gain the experience ahead of international engagements,” he said adding; “it will also offer a rare opportunity to local officials as well as other stakeholders.”
According UBF president – Muhangi, in addition, the academy will provide core and supporting programs to cover key areas and components; development courses for athletes, coaches, referees and judges, sport and competition managers.”
“It aims at granting holistic support and boxing programs for anyone who has an interest in sports and boxing in particular,” reads the Aiba award offering letter.
The Aiba letter, however tasks UBF to provide suitable land for the facility and Muhangi reveals that all ‘their’ efforts would be diverted towards ensuring that the project is built – appealing to government to come out and assist.