Thursday September 7 2017

Preparation won us Cadets title - Police coach

By ABDUL-NASSER SSEMUGABI

KAMPALA. Police Boxing Club head coach Dan Kasole relished winning his first major trophy—the Elites title of National Cadets Boxing Championship at the MTN Arena-Lugogo Monday night—but quickly attributed it preparation and teamwork.
“It’s not just my success, I could not do it alone,” Kasole said. “This victory is due to a collective effort by the boxers, the coaching staff and the Police administration. We prepared well and the facilitation was good; as we prepared senior team for the East African Police Games, we trained this Cadets team and it has paid off.”
Police gathered 26 points to win the Elites category while UPDF managed just 18. Kasole will thank captain Dan Lwebuga, Hakim Kyagaba, Hamuza Latigo, among others who collected valuable points in the week-long championship.
Equally, Police benefitted from Lukanga’s dismal show. By the final day, Lukanga, the defending champions, left the title contention to Police, Cobap and UPDF.
Most attribute Lukanga’s fall to an understaffed coaching team, after most coaches and boxers reverted to their smaller clubs leaving Lukanga depleted. Others say the apparent fairness in judges’ decisions, nowadays, also costs Lukanga, a club that was accused of influencing officials.
But Lukanga’s coach Isaac ‘Zebra’ Ssenyange refutes all that. Instead, he counter accused the judges of bias.
“I have recorded some of the fights in which the judges’ controversial decisions are against my boxers and those judges could be punished,” he said. Kampala High School, for the first time won the Youths trophy on 22 points, while Lukanga came second. Lukanga also surrendered the Juniors trophy to Cobap, who garnered 32 points.

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