Zambian Judokas mint 19 medals in Swaziland


ZAMBIA scooped first position at the just ended Southern African Judo Confederation regional championship in Swaziland after bagging 19 medals.

Zambia Judo Association (ZJA) vice secretary Mabvuto N’guni said Zambia won 14 gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the two-day championship that ended on Sunday.

N’guni said the association had sent a 19-member team and won 19 medals which was not a small achievement.

“We are very proud of the team’s performance at the tournament. Despite struggling with sponsorship, judokas were patriotic enough to put in the best on the mat and bring honour to the nation, “he said.

He said that though judo was considered a minor sport, it was the only team that managed to win a medal at every competition.

“Zambian judokas always manage to be in the medal bracket. This shows how serious the sport is and definitely needs everyone’s support,”he said.

He said the same team was being prepared for the 2015 Congo Brazzaville All Africa Games in September.

N’guni appealed to the corporate world to assist the sport financially which will motive the judokas to work extra hard.

He said the team was expected to arrive in Zambia today by road.

The medal bracket standings was: Zambia 14 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze, South Africa had 12 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze, Mozambique won 5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze, Botswana had 4 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze, Swaziland got 2 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze while Angola was last with 0 gold, 1 silver and 0 bronze.