Martial artists shine at Lusaka tourney


THE Zambia Martial Arts Association (ZaMAA) has saluted coaches for their enormous contribution to raise the standards of karate in Zambia.

ZaMAA technical director Moodley Chola told the Daily Nation yesterday that the awesome technical skills exhibited by the karatekas during the Independence Karate Championship held at the weekend in Lusaka showed the great work the coaches were putting in to produce medal winning athletes.

“The Independence tournament was a success. The technical skills among the karatekas was impressive, one would see that the coaches are doing a good job in training.  Although some clubs are struggling financially, the coaches have shown dedication and continue to raise future medal winners,” he said.

He appealed to the corporate entities to assist the association financially and materially as it would motivate the trainers and athletes to work harder.

“The talent is there but the athletes require international exposure due to financial constraints. Many times we struggle to raise funds for the karatekas to fulfil international engagements. I humbly appeal to the corporate world to come on board and be a part of the success story,” Chola said.  Meanwhile, Emily Lombe of Green Eagles emerged the best karateka of the Independence tournament after an outstanding performance. Lombe beat  club mate Grace Chingangu and Barbra Longolongo of Green Buffaloes  to win the kata and kumite categories respectively.

Glory Silungwe of Mufulira Karate Club won the under-12 boys kumite while Mighty Conquerors’ Chola Chola scooped the kata category.

In the senior ladies kata and kumite, Green Eagles Christopher Mphundu won the 21 years men kata while Mwamba Musonda of Green Buffaloes was the kumite champion.

Charles Phiri of Green Buffaloes scooped both the senior kata and kumite titles.