Tuesday January 21 2014

East Coast, Police share spoils amid controversy


KAMPALA- The National Intermediates Championships closed over the weekend but not without controversy.

The tournament, which was a precursor to next month’s National Open/Seniors Championship, ended with pugilists from Police and East Coast Boxing teams almost exchanging blows over who would carry back the trophy.

Both teams had tied at 28 points while Community Aids Based Programmes (Cobap) finished third with 16 points followed by Kampala Boxing Club (KBC) on 12 and UPDF on 10.

But Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) moved in to resolve the matter, declaring that both teams would be given replica trophies for keeps.

“We have decided to buy a second trophy so that each team receives one in celebration of their victory,” Paul Ayiasi, the UBF General Secretary, said.
In the ring, referee Anthony Steven Aciga overruled a judges’ decision to award East Coast’s Kassim Muhamad victory over Police’s Yasin Adinan.

An exchange of words and threats from both camps broke up before team officials stepped in to calm the matter. But Aciga’s decision stood and Adinan was declared the winner.

In other matches, Police’s Abdul Asiku floored Derrick Semukutu (East Coast), while East Coast’s light heavy weight boxer, Reagan Ssimbwa knocked out Hussein Sadam (Police) in the second round.

Winners of the National Open/Seniors Championship scheduled for February 28 – March 1 will make the National team - the Bombers.