The Observer (Kampala)

11 December 2012

Uganda: Sports Enthusiasts to Remember Fallen Boxing Star Wasajja

Fans, well-wishers and friends will tomorrow (Thursday) give a facelift to the grave of Uganda boxing icon Mustafa Wasajja Kasasa at Bukasa, writes Elly Kyeyune.

Wasajja was one of the country's top boxers in the 1970s and early 1980s.

He won gold medal in the Africa amateur boxing championships held in Kampala in November, 1974.The gold medal in the 1976 Pre-Olympic Montreal Games and was voted "boxer of the year" by USPA in 1975.

He was the second Ugandan boxer after the legend Ayub Kalule to join the paid ranks in Europe in the late 1970s.

Wasajja died in 2009 and he was buried at the family's cemetery at Bukasa, two miles on Mityana Road. However, the grave which was not worked on since his burial is slowly washed away by the current rainy season.

"We should appreciate our sports legends even in time of death," says Hassan Badru Zziwa, the coordinator of the group.

Several individuals and organisations have heeded Zziwa's month-long call for contributions to renovate Wasajja's grave but the support has not been forthcoming in some quarters.

"We approached many people including the sports ministry and some top boxing officials but there was no response. We shall do whatever we can to give the legend's grave a face lift," he said.

For more information, Zziwa can be reached on 0703713322 or Abby Mukiibi CBS FM at Bulange, Mengo.

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