In Summary

Ironically, five of these boxers attended the event but could not box because they were not on the fixture.
Worse still, despite KCCA finishing second on (113 points), none of their boxers got a medal for outstanding individual performance. Why? Conflicting tales and half-truths:

KAMPALA.

The organisers wanted a colourful climax of the National Boxing League, but besides the medals and the trophies, the event paled in comparison to the National Open held here in February.

From the empty seats, to the subpar ceremonial bouts, there was little to relish inside the MTN Arena-Lugogo on Friday evening.
More still, much as Lukanga (138 points) were already champions, only waiting for coronation, the absence of KCCA boxers (the 2017 National Open champions) in the ring could not escape even a blind eye.

Ironically, five of these boxers attended the event but could not box because they were not on the fixture.
Worse still, despite KCCA finishing second on (113 points), none of their boxers got a medal for outstanding individual performance. Why? Conflicting tales and half-truths:

Federation spokesman Fred Kavuma, who doubled as the league manager, said they invited KCCA for the preparatory meetings of the event, “but they told us their boxers were not ready.”
The boxers, distraught and confused, said that although they were not “so fit”—some with minor injuries, others weight problems—but were “ready to box” after all these were only ceremonial bouts.

Kavuma added: “Maybe their coach told them to boycott because of his problems but we had to move on with others who were ready.”

Suspension not proper
“But my suspension has absolutely nothing to do with the boxers,” Vicky Byarugaba retorted in a phone interview. “Those are just crafty excuses by those people (federation); I told the boys to get ready for the event, I couldn’t stop them, even though some complained of injuries.”

But amid accusations and counteraccusations, it’s becoming obvious that the boys are paying the price for the “misconduct” of their head coach and team manager Byarugaba, who, with others, was suspended from any federation business, pending the verdict of the disciplinary committee. They are charged with “indiscipline” which included convening meetings, drafting and signing documents with intent to “overthrow” the federation executive.

This climaxed February 18, 2017 when an altercation occurred as some disgruntled members sought to block the “illegal” annual general assembly. Byarugaba denied: “In the suspension letter, they cited that I was part of the team that rioted at the general assembly, but I wasn’t anywhere near Kampala that day and I have all the proof.
“We don’t want to overthrow the federation.”

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