Hassan Ssaku, the proprietor of Ssaku Boxing Club has re-echoed UBF President Moses Muhangi’s recent call to have Boxing return in Schools.
Muhangi’s call came in the wake of the continued exclusion of the game of boxing in the Education Institution Sports Calendar, including the latest of 2022.
“I came through Kololo High and Ssaku Boxing Club wouldn’t be here today if I wasn’t motivated through Schools Boxing back then,” Hassan Ssaku told TheSportsNation.
“And many Boxing Champions are products of these Scchool competitions therefore the Federation (UBF) led by Muhangi should fight hard to see that Boxing is restored in Schools.”
Schools Boxing has deservedly taken the credit for nurturing some of Uganda’s greatest boxers likeJohn ‘The Beast’ Mugabi, Kassim ‘The Dream Ouma, Godfrey Nyakana, Sharif Bogere, Justine Jjuuko among others, who have gone on to lift the national flag at an international level.
Ssaku believes that Uganda’s lost glory in the sport of Boxing can only be revived through nurturing the fighters at a tender age and that mainly include schools.
The Federation has taken tremendous efforts to uplift Boxing in various ways including the formation of the Boxing Champions League.
James Kakuru is the only representative from the Ssaku Boxing Club at the ongoing Uganda Boxing Champions League.
As the fights continue on Saturday, Kakuru will be in the ring to face Gilbert Lumbuye in the Fly weight category.
Asked about the champions league this was his response
Ssaku commented: “For the development of Boxing in the country, Muhangi brought a great idea that keep the sport in limelight but should as well organise other tournaments so that those that are not in the Champions League are also accomodated so that they do not look abandoned”
Ssaku, based in Sweden, is one of the few individuals who have supported Ugandan Boxing. He has done so through his Ssaku Boxing Club that houses over 50 boxers under coach Abdallah Lubulwa.
“I wanted to promote young talent in the Sport of Boxing and that is why I give the little I have and equipment that I get from Sweden,” he adds.
He started boxing in 1993 at Kololo High School and joined the national team in 1996 to 2001when he switched to Poffesional boxing under promoter Mwesigwa.