Zimbabwean kick boxers, who took part at the Desert Storm 2 International Kickboxing Tournament held in Namibia, raised the country’s flag high with medal winning performances.

Five kick boxers took part at the event that saw Knowledge Nyamhoka stealing the limelight as he grabbed the country’s first ever international title when he was crowned the Sub-Saharan bantamweight champion.

Walter Chiketo weighed in with a gold trophy first place in the same category while Action Winya came first in the gold trophy heavyweight division.

David Machikiza scooped a gold medal in the fitness challenge, while Bruce Gumpo was a bronze medalist in the welterweight title fight.

Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association President, Tony Kamangira said Zimbabwe is slowly becoming a powerhouse in Africa and also looked forward to the development of the sport with hope.

“For the past years when we started to do kickboxing, our wish was to have a title bout like any other country. So far, I am very happy as we have finally scooped an international title bout because of the passion of the kick boxers. We are very happy as the leadership of the Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association because we are going for the international stage,” he said.

Nine countries took part at the event namely: France, Brazil, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and the hosts, Namibia.

More international events are said to be lined up with Zimbabwean kick boxers set for participation in Zambia, Mexico, Italy and Hungary starting next month.

Meanwhile, the national association has revealed its desire to bid to host an international event next year.