Long serving national boxing coach, Dick Katende, has been sacked from his job by the Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation. Katende's sacking came just days after the national boxing team embarked on residential training ahead of the Africa Zone V championships. The General Secretary of the Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation, Sande Musoke, says Katende's dismissal takes immediate effect that that he has been replaced by the coach of the UPDF boxing club, Kent Musa. No official reason has been given for Katende's dismissal, although sources claim the boxing federation was not happy with scathing remarks he made in regards to the quality of the 22 pugilists selected to prepare for the Zone V championships. In his statement, Katende said he wasn't impressed by any of the chosen boxers. He said that although they emerged top in their selection round, none of them had a unique style or showed any room for remarkable improvement. Katende advised that the Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation should hold one more selection round to find alternate boxers who would be prepared to take on a continental challenge. The Zone V championships to be held in Cairo, Egypt, are an African Boxing Championship elimination contest. Winners will compete in the main African Boxing Championship event in Madagascar.