The Uganda boxing team (the Bombers) that went to Congo Brazaville in the recently concluded African Confederation Boxing Championship (AFBC) did not disappoint at all with three boxers returning with medals including a gold medal.
And like the saying goes “Hard work pays,” the team was treated to a lavish dinner by businessman Sam Buchanan of Kilembe enterprises limited at his home in Munyonyo on Tuesday.
Buchanan first rewarded the boxers who returned home with medals with cash at the National Council of Sports headquarters in Lugogo before taking them to his home.
Muzamir Katende “King Kong” who won gold was given UGX 2M while David Ayit and Geoffrey Kakeeto who got silver medals were given 1M each.
It should be remembered that Buchanan contributed a travel ticket for one person to Congo Brazzaville as the Uganda Boxing Federation was stuck in a cash crisis.
He also came to the rescue of the boxers were being thrown out of the hotel in Brazzaville by clearing the bills.
The businessman promised more money to the bombers if they can go and get more medals at the forth coming World Championship.
By reaching the semis, super heavy David ‘The Dragon’ Ayiti, welterweight Muzamir ‘King Kong’ Kakande and bantamweight Geoffrey Kakeeto had booked their tickets to the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany due August.
Kakeeto pulled off a big upset when he eliminated 2016 Olympian Bilel Mhamdi, who also won gold at the 2016 Africa Olympic trials in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Tunisian is Africa’s number one and ranked sixth in the world.
Kakande went a notch higher claiming gold in the welterweight category; Uganda’s first gold in 13 years since Jolly Kiwanuka won at the Aiba Africa Olympic qualifiers in Casablanca.
Gold: Muzamir ‘King Kong’ Kakande (Welterweight)
Silver: Geoffrey Kaketo (Bantamweight)
Silver: David Ayiti (Super heavy)