Zimbabweâ€™s national kickboxing champion, Brighton Tangata lived up to his reputation as one of the best kickboxers in the region when he won a gold medal at the Kickbox and Dine championship in Pretoria last Saturday.
It appears winning has become second nature to the evergreen Brighton Tangata for whom South Africa is turning out to be a good hunting ground.
After some spellbinding performances which culminated in a gold medal at the Great North 1 and Great North 2 tournaments in South Africa in March and September this year, Tangata followed it up with yet another eye-catching showing, this time at the Kickbox and Dine tournament south of the Limpopo where he shrugged off the challenge of over 40 kicboxers from South Africa and Mauritius.
For Zimbabweâ€™s national kickboxing champion it was a moment to savour.
â€œThe tournament was tough, I am happy that I did the nation proud. Besides winning the gold medal, I was presented with a trophy and a certificate,â€ said Tangata.
Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association President, Tony Kamangira said Tangataâ€™s recent achievement was not a surprise and underlines the talent inherent in the resilient kickboxer.
â€œHeâ€™s a sensational kickboxer, the number one kickboxer in the country. Iâ€™m very happy and excited. On the day of the fight, Zimbabweans in South Africa also appreciated his fighting skills,â€ Kamangira said.
Tangataâ€™s next port of call is the Inter-Continental Championship in Madagascar on the 27th of this month, before taking part in the African Nations Championship set for Gabon from the 15th to the 19th of next month, where heâ€™ll battle for a ticket to represent Zimbabwe at the World Kickboxing Championship next year.