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Boxer Miiro storms semis to guarantee Uganda another medal

Uganda is now assured of a minimum bronze medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia after Juma Miiro stormed the semi finals of the 46-49kg boxing category. 

Miiro defeated Kenya’s boxer Shaffi Hassan at the quarterfinal to storm into the semis. Meanwhile, Regan Simbwa, has stopped Lukmon Lawal of Nigeria to storm the quarter finals at the same games.

Juma Miiro stormed into the semi-finals

Simbwa who is making his debut at the Games out-smarted the Nigerian 4-1 in a contest that took place at the Oxenford Studios Boxing Arena.

The Ugandan boxer will now face 19-year old Sammy Lee at the quarter final stage on Wednesday. Victory in the quarter final will see Simbwa enter the medal winning bracket. Lee is a seven time Welsh champion and 2 time British champion.

"We are are excited about Simbwa's win. We call upon Ugandans to keep praying for our three boxers who are at the quarter final stage," Moses Muhangi, chairman of the Uganda Boxing Federation said.

Two Ugandan boxers David Semujju (64kg) and Nasir Bashir (56kg) lost in the first round in their respective weight categories.

In badminton, Uganda's players will be back in action on Tuesday in the individual events as Edwin Ekiring faces South Africa's Cameroon Coetzer, and Brian Kasirye takes on Douglas Clark (Falklands Islands) in the first round.

Later Uganda will field two teams Ekiring/Bridget Shamim Bangi and Kasirye/Aisha Nakiyemba in the first round of the mixed doubles.

The team of Ronald Nyaika and Halima Nambozo will also be in action on Tuesday in table Tennis. Nyaika will open his men's singles campaign against Aghley Robinson (Northern Ireland) before he takes on Dexter St. Louis (Trinidad & Tobago) in Group 11.

Nambozo will face Li Sian Alie Chang (Malaysia) and Anna Hursey (Wales) in Group 9.

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