- Mugunde, who missed last year's Commonwealth Games after losing in the final trials, says he is now equal to the task
- His sterling performance caught the eye of Kenya Police “Chafua Chafua” head coach David Munuhe who recruited him to the team
- Munuhe, who is deputising head coach Benjamin Musa at the national team, believes Mugunde has potential to climb to professional ring
Outside the boxing ring 26-year-old Boniface Mugunde is a diplomatic soldier attached at Gigiri in Nairobi taking care of the security of diplomats seconded to Kenya by their countries.
And probably this is what many of his kinsmen in Kisii County know about police constable Mugunde.
But Mugunde is also a rising welterweight (69kg) boxer who will be representing Kenya at the African Games in Morocoo.
He is one of the three debutants - in the eight-man national team “Hit Squad” which also has four women - who will be making their first attempt to win a medal for Kenya when the boxing competition starts from August 20-29 in Rabat. The other newcomers include Ethan Maina (lightweight) and George Cosby Ouma (middleweight).
“I want to prove to Kenyans and boxing fraternity at large that beside my diplomatic roles, I am also capable of bringing glory to this country in the ring,” said Mugunde.
Mugunde, who missed last year's Commonwealth Games after losing in the final trials, says he is now equal to the task.
“Even before I joined the Kasarani training camp I have maintained a rigorous training schedule because my ultimate dream is to win my first ever continental medal,” said the Matungulu Boys High School alumnus.
Before venturing into boxing, Mugunde was a football player but being constantly benched watered down his ambitions of becoming a football star.
“Unlike football which is a team sport where you depend on others to shine, boxing is an individual sport. Your rise to stardom depends on your efforts and that is why I abandoned football,” recalls Mugunde who started boxing at Embakasi, Nairobi under coach Wala.