Kick­box­ers head for Harare

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara

HARARE kick­box­ing fans are in for a treat when over 50 am­a­teur and pro­fes­sion­als de­scend on the cap­i­tal for a tour­na­ment dubbed Face your Fears Night Fight on Satur­day. The tour­na­ment will also see am­a­teur box­ers un­der the aus­pices of the Zim­babwe Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (ZBF) trad­ing leather.

Zim­babwe Kick­box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ZKA) pres­i­dent Tony Ka­man­gira said the tour­na­ment is set to be­come a monthly event to be held in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try as the as­so­ci­a­tion seeks to pop­u­larise the sport.

He said rop­ing in box­ers was part of their aware­ness cam­paign to show­case the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sports.

“We are hold­ing a Face your Fears Night Fight at Hel­lenic Sports Club in Harare on Satur­day where there will be over 25 kick­box­ing bouts.

This is part of ZKA ef­forts to iden­tify and nur­ture ta­lent. The tour­na­ment will also be­come a monthly tour­na­ment to be ro­tated among prov­inces as we spread the sport.

At the mo­ment we have struc­tures in nine prov­inces, with the ex­cep­tion of Bu­l­awayo,” said Ka­man­gira.

“We have also part­nered the ZBF, who will sec­ond their box­ers as part of our ef­forts to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the two sports and also for the fans to ap­pre­ci­ate both sport­ing dis­ci­plines.”

Some pro­fes­sional kick­box­ers ex­pected to bat­tle it out for hon­ours in­clude Brighton Tan­gata, Nor­bet Baziy­oni, Fun­gai Sikelo and Mutare-based Knowl­edge Nyamhoka Jr, among oth­ers.

The Beit­bridge trio of Farai Moyo, James Mu­randa and Worry Mu­randa is also ex­pected to make an im­pres­sion.

Ka­man­gira said the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ments will be used to iden­tify those that will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the sport’s world cham­pi­onships to be held in Ire­land in Novem­ber.

Apart from the monthly tour­na­ments, the as­so­ci­a­tion will also take ad­van­tage of in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ments that are held in South Africa on a monthly ba­sis. — @lavuzi­gara1

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