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Uganda’s sports heroes since independence

By Shiktrax media Limited

Friday March 6, 2020

Uganda has produced some exceptional sports personalities since independence. They might not be the most popular on Betway soccer betting, but they have some great sportsmen and women. The country has had competitive participants in athletics, boxing and even football. You can follow the local football league with other punters on Betway and get up to the minute updates.
In this article, we look at some of the great sports personalities from various disciplines. Some of them have passed on, but their legacy lives on. We are not following any particular order on our list.
John Akii Bua (Athletics)
John Akii Bua is perhaps the greatest sportsman of all time in Uganda. He won Uganda’s first-ever gold medal. This was during the Olympics games of 1972 that were held in Munich, Germany. Akii won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles in a world record time of 47.82 seconds.
Other honors in Akii’s drawer include a gold and a silver medal in 1973 and 1978 All African Games.
The contributions of the former police officer did not go unnoticed. IAAF through the Confederation of African Athletics, inducted him to its Hall of Fame.
Philip Omondi (Football)
Philip Omondi remains Uganda’s greatest footballer of all time. He is recognized throughout the continent of Africa as a great footballer.
His exploits saw him lead Uganda’s national team, the Uganda Cranes to Nations Cup finals in 1978. Though they did not win the tournament held in Ghana, he finished with the golden boot of the tournament.
In the same year, he guided his club, KCC FC to the CECAFA championship which was the first ever to be won by a club from Uganda.
John “The Beast” Mugabi (Boxing)
Mugabi was a beast in the boxing ring as his nickname suggests. He is the greatest light-Middle weight rated boxer Uganda produced ever. Out of the 50 fights he was involved he won 42. Out of the 42 wins, 39 were knockouts. He lost seven and drew one.
In the 1976 Junior World Championship, he collected the silver medal after losing to Herol Graham. In the 1980 Olympics, he received another silver medal.
Between 8th July 1989 and 31st March 1991, Mugabi was the WBC Light Middleweight championship holder.
Dorcus Inzikuru (Athletics)
Among her accolades is the record she holds of winning the inaugural world title in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, held in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. She also won the first commonwealth games title in Melbourne in 2006.
Despite a disappointing show in the 2012 Olympics in London, she remains a great when it comes to Ugandan sports. Her other honors include:
• A bronze medal in the 5000m race at the 2003 Afro-Asian games
• She won the cross country at the Euro Cross in 2003.
• A silver medal in the 2002 Africa Games in the 5000m race.
• A gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championship.
Sam Ssali (Motor Sport)
Sam Ssali is the undisputed king of motorsport in Uganda. He holds the record of winning four successive National Rally Championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Charlie Lubega was also champion four times but, Ssali is the only one that managed to win it consecutively.
There are other great sportsmen Uganda has produced, especially in athletics. If you follow football on betting sites like Betway, you will realize that Ugandan players are doing well throughout the continent. In the years to come, Uganda will be competing at the top in football, Rugby and will continue her exploits in athletics.

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