The Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association at the weekend staged a development tournament at Girls High School, which also served as part of their preparations for a similar tournament penciled for Pretoria, South Africa this coming weekend.The very best of local talent was on parade at the tournament which encompassed a diverse number of kickboxers in the junior and senior ranks.
The Under 10 category witnessed some intense battles and saw Tinos Magogo, Mason Bankour, Jack Forbes, Denzel Kamangira and Panashe Penzura emerging victorious in some crunching duels.
In the girlsâ€™ competition, Holly Eddersdlusz beat Latoya Kamangira in a closely contested fight.
Six kickboxers were crowned winners in the Under 15 category, namely Brett Mudariki, Jeremiah Mutera, Timothy Ndumwa, Tinashe Matsveru, Trymore Chibango and Shadreck Tarusarira.
The seniors category provided a lot of thrills with some intense physical action witnessed.
National champion, Brighton Tangata lived up to his reputation as a tenacious fighter when he emerged unscathed in his two fights.
Knowledge Marodza, Davison Tamadova, Godfrey Penzura, Paul Sanderson, Leroy Mhembere and Mark Tarusarira also recorded victories in an afternoon of great entertainment.
Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association vice president, Vengai Mugadza said the development tournament is part of the associations drive aimed at identifying talent from a tender age.
â€œWeâ€™re spreading our wings far and wide. We donâ€™t want to rely on just one or two famous names, so we are taking from the juniors, from as young as 10 years of age. When we catch them young like this, weâ€™ll have some very good fighters in future,â€ said Mugadza.
The kickboxing development tournament held on Saturday brought together 36 kickboxers, with 12 from the junior ranks.
The tournament was also used as part of the Zimbabwe Kickboxing Associationâ€™s preparations for a development tournament set for Pretoria, South Africa this weekend.