Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association will on Saturday present the first-ever international kickboxing tournament which will see Finland and Equatorial Guinea battling it out with the Zimbabwean team at Girls’ High School in Harare.
The Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association manager Mohammed Omar said a Zimbabwean team comprising of young athletes was looking forward to giving the visitors a good run for their money in the Heroes’ Cup. The two teams are expected in the country today.
“This is our first major international tournament and we want to use it to mature in the sport as young athletes who are looking up to these stars and trying to emulate them,” said Omar.
The Zimbabwean team will also participate in the All-Africa Games, Zone VI, in Madagascar in September and will afterwards also visit Ireland and Russia on dates yet to be confirmed.
The tournament will be sponsored by G-Tide, Schweppes, Optional Air Condition, Martial Arts Security and Mo’s Hardware.
The Zimbabwean team represented by Brighton Tangata, who once visited Brazil in May for a tournament that saw the young athlete grabbing a medal after placing third.
“We are trying to make the sport popular and we urge all the corporate sectors as well as the local supporters from all over the country to come and support the tournament, not forgetting our own Zimbabwean team,” added Omar.
The team, according to Omar, hopes to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
Zimbabwean team: Brighton Tangata, Norbett Baziyoni, Knowledge Daziyoni, Fungai Sikelo, Nickolas Kurinera, Knowledge Marodza, Mark Taruvarisa, Norman Roben, Ronald Deketeke. Coach: Tony Kamangira.
Manager: Mohammed Omar