Five Bulawayo Taekwondo fighters have been selected for the national team that will take part in the Confederation of Southern Africa Taekwondo Association (Cosata) Tournament to be held in Mozambique on February 12.
The fighters from Bulawayo, Brighton Sibanda, Neil Nzwenga, Brian Nduna, Vusumuzi Ncube and Simbarashe Maruta yesterday went into camp in Harare to start preparations for the southern African martial arts competition.
They join other fighters from Gweru, Marondera and Harare, who also took part in the national team selection in Gweru on Saturday.
Matabeleland taekwondo chief instructor Ricky Tembo yesterday confirmed that five fighters from the City of Kings had impressed in the selection process.
“We have five taekwondo fighters who have made it into the national team. They will go into camp today (yesterday) and they will be in camp for a month in preparation for the Mozambique trip,” said Tembo.
Sibanda and Nzwenga are in the juniors team, Nduna in the finn category, while Ncube is in the featherweight section. Maruta and Fungai Magomelo of Marondera made it into the squad in the flyweight category.
“Magomelo won the fight against Maruta. Maruta lost the match but he performed very well, that is why he was selected,” he said.
Shingai Vunganai from Gweru, Mike Sidija and Admire Tshitshiliza from Harare also qualified for selection.
Shenaid Emmanuela of Gweru and Marlyn Mangoto of Marondera are the female fighters who were selected. Busani Moyo from Bulawayo failed to make the grade despite having put up a good show.
“Moyo gave his best performance. He displayed all his good techniques. It is however, unfortunate that he lost the match,” he said.
“The overall performance of the fighters from Bulawayo was excellent. In Maruta’s fight he went up against Magomelo who has a black belt.
“Maruta has a blue belt but he managed to stand his ground and he only lost on points,” he said.
He said that there is likelihood that there will be another selection as some fighters failed to make the trip to Gweru.
“We have some fighters who failed to come to Gweru because of work commitments. They may be considered,” he said.