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Boxing: Shadir Musa qualifies for Tokyo 2020, plus how the Bombers performed at the Africa qualifiers

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The Uganda  Bombers team captain Shadir Musa Bwogi qualified to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after securing a win against Ghana’s Lartey Sessie in the Welterweight Box-off match on Saturday 29th February at the Africa Olympic qualifiers in Dakar Senegal.

Shadir Musa eliminated Nafital Alfonso of Angola at the quarter-final round, but was defeated by Cameroon’s Albert Mengue in the semis. The captain fought his way back to secure his Olympic dream as he defeated Lartey Sessie in the Box-off for a third-place finish.

Shadir Musa is the only Ugandan to book a place at the Tokyo Olympics out of the 13 man Bombers squad which represented the nation at the Africa Olympic qualifiers in Dakar Senegal. The Bombers team has still got a chance for more slots in the Boxing category if they can make it to the World Olympic qualifiers in Paris France in May.

Ronald Serugo is the last Boxer to represent Uganda in the Olympics when he featured in the 2008 Beijing games in China. Sadat Tebazalwa is the last Ugandan in the welterweight 69kgs category to play in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Greece.

Bombers performance at the Africa Qualifiers
Mubiru Disan – Flyweight category – First round
Geko Solomon – Super Heavy – First round
Male Joshua – Light Heavy – First round
Bwambale Alex – Heavyweight – Second round
Adnan Yasin – Lightweight – Second round
Masembe Isaac – Featherweight – Fourth place
David Ssemujju – middleweight – Fourth place
Shadir Musa – welterweight – Third place (qualified to Olympics)

Ladies
Akello Suzan – Featherweight – First round
Among Rebecca – Lightweight – First round
Nakalema Emilly – welterweight – Fourth place
Nanziri Catherine – Flyweight – Semifinals
Nasali Doreen – middleweight – quarterfinals

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