A Zimbabwean team of five karatekas represented the country with distinction at the Second Kyokushin Union of Southern Africa Karate tournament in South Africa, with Lovemore Nyamhutswa emerging as the overall winner of the competition, while Malvery Muyambo won a gold medal in the under 60 kilogram category.
Nyamutswa participated in the Open and in the Under-80kg category where he won a silver and gold medal. Nyamhutswa, who was also crowned the best technical fighter of the tournament was thrilled with his achievement on foreign land and said he looks forward to winning more tournaments on the international stage.
â€œThe competition was tough but I am happy because I managed to win and raised the Zimbabwean flag high. Am looking forward to continue winning in the next competitions,â€ said Nyamhutswa.
Malvery Muyambo reached a milestone when he won a gold medal in the Under-60kg, which turned out to a defining moment for the young karateka.
â€œI give my thanks to our leader Sensei Samson Muripo for job well done in preparations. I look forward to be a World Champion one day.â€
Kyokushin Union of Zimbabwe Chairman Steven Charandura commended the karatekas for their good showing which proved that Zimbabwean karate has indeed come of age.
He said: â€œWeâ€™re very proud with the achievement of our karatekas. They have put Zimbabwean karate on the map and we look forward to similar success in our next international assignment in South Africa in October.â€
Charandura also paid tribute to Arosume Property Development for sponsoring the trip down south, which made it possible for the Zimbabwean team comprising Lovemore Nyamhutswa, Malvery Muyambo, Shadreck Kwashi, and Austin and Robson Mucheni to showcase their fighting pedigree at the tournament which was graced by over a hundred karatekas from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.