karatekas.jpgThe Zimbabwe karate team to represent the country at the All Africa Games to be hosted by Mozambique next year will assess its strengths and weaknesses when it battles with regional powerhouse – Botswana – next weekend.

Botswana is the strongest karate nation in the seniors section in the region, hence they were at the top of the list in the Zimbabwe Karate Union’s preparation programme.


The karatekas are training in two batches; with some sharpening their fighting skills under national team coach Paul Danisa in Harare, while Sensei Amos Chihlaba is taking charge of the karatekas in Gweru.


Shihan Danisa said although Zimbabwe played second fiddle the last time the two nations squared off, he expects the local karatekas to fight to the bitter end this time around.


He said: “The last time we fought Botswana we didn’t do so well but I’m sure this time we will match them stride for stride.”


Zimbabwe’s contest with Botswana will be held at a venue still to be announced this coming Saturday and will see senior karatekas vying to make it to the winners’ podium in both the men’s and women’s categories.