After national team pugilist Sula Ssegawa who was set to compete in the AIBA Open Olympics qualifiers last month in Azerbaijan, gone missing in Holland, is mother Margret Nalugo a residence of Kasubi – a Kampala suburb has since never heard from her son yet she who was expected back after the qualifiers.
“He told me about his dream of qualifying for Olympics but first he wanted to take part in Netherlands boxing tournament. I had to look for money to have my son [travel] and I got $1000 for him and the remaining balance was contributed by his colleague Musa Batantu (a boxer),” says Ssegawa’s mother.
But now, Sula Ssegawa’s wife who is pregnant is demanding her mother-in-law to work tooth and nail for her husband’s return. The boxer’s mother is stuck between a rock and a hard place; left to fend for her daughter-in-law.
“Ssegawa told me while in Netherlands, Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) failed to send money for him to make trip to Azerbaijan for Olympics qualifiers and since then we haven’t heard from him,” said Ssegawa’s mother as Ssegawa’s wife demands his return. “She is right to demand because I was the one who raised that money. I appeal to government, boxing body or anybody responsible to help and my son comes back to Uganda,” added Ssegawa’s mother Margret.
Ssegawa’s return to the amateur ranks doors to the former boxer with a brief stint in the professional boxing.
Uganda Boxing Federation publicity Fred Kavuma said it is hard to realise Ssegawa’s trip back home since the federation lost contact with him. He says it remains the federation’s concern to facilitate boxers’ trip to Azerbaijan but faults UBF president Kenneth Gimugu who keeps boxers’ travel details secret.
The National Council of Sports has advised Ssegawa’s family to devise other means for the boxer’s return home because he travelled without the council’s consent.
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Ssegawa disappeared along with three other boxers including Juma Kaggwa, Willy Kyakonye and Nasser Bukenya.