Zim sends 20 fight­ers to SA karate tour­na­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

TEAM Zim­babwe mem­ber Phu­mu­lani Ma­posa is bub­bling with con­fi­dence ahead of the Len Barnes Memo­rial Karate tour­na­ment on this week­end in Dur­ban, South Africa.

The Zim­babwe Karate Union is send­ing a team of more than 20 fight­ers for this year’s edi­tion.

Ma­posa be­lieves they have done all they need in pre­par­ing for the tour­na­ment and is in a buoy­ant mood ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are very pre­pared for this tour­na­ment and we are aim­ing high. Per­son­ally I am go­ing for the top po­si­tion, a gold medal. I have done it be­fore, I have been in camp for too long, so I am con­fi­dent.

“The best way (to suc­cess) in karate is train­ing. If you train there is noth­ing dif­fi­cult. So we will be fly­ing the Zim­bab­wean flag high,” said Ma­posa.

ZKU tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor full con­tact, Kumbi­rai Musi­nami said they have drawn their team from dif­fer­ent styles and part of the team will leave for South Africa to­day.

“We have as­sem­bled a team of 33 fight­ers. It’s made up of ath­letes from kyokushin, so-kyokushin and shukokai. These are the team mem­bers, how­ever, the fi­nances for trav­el­ling are still a hin­drance. They will leave in batches.

“Some will go on Wed­nes­day (to­day) some on Thurs­day and the last batch on Fri­day. The less ex­pe­ri­enced guys will go first so that they can ad­just and the more ex­pe­ri­enced leave on Fri­day,” said Musi­nami.

Musi­nami said they have quite a num­ber of new faces in the team but is pos­i­tive they will raise the coun­try’s flag high.

“We have got new fight­ers God­knows Chidugu, it’s his first re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, and he is a good fighter. We also have Ben Mu­tovo, he came sec­ond in our last tour­na­ment, the Ja­panese tour­na­ment.

“He is very tal­ented and we hope he will do well. There is Beaven Sibanda from kyokushinkai, he is a very bril­liant young man and it will be our de­light to see him fight­ing in this tour­na­ment.

“When we rank Zim­babwe in Africa, Zim­babwe is prob­a­bly the best in terms of full con­tact karate. So it puts the bar up high for our ath­letes.

“All the fight­ers we are send­ing are good fight­ers. We are hope­ful they will bring medals es­pe­cially with the ex­pe­ri­enced guys there, they can draw con­fi­dence and in­spi­ra­tion from them.

“So we ex­pect quite a num­ber of medals,” said Musi­nami.

Some of the sea­soned fight­ers in the team in­clude Phu­mu­lani Ma­posa, who have claimed sev­eral medals in such re­gional events and Tungami­rai Madz­im­ba­muto.

Be­sides Zim­babwe, other coun­tries ex­pected to take part in­clude Swazi­land, Malawi, Zam­bia, Botswana and hosts South Africa.

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