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THE Zimbabwe Karate Union has begun putting in place a national team that will represent the country in next year’s regional and international events. This follows a selection held over the weekend during the Champion of Champions tournament held at Alexandra Sports Club in Harare.

The tournament featured karatekas from different provinces and Midlands dominated most of the seniors’ events with Victor Bhunu coming first in the over 85kg category while David Dube won the Under 75kg.

Simbarashe Chihlaba scooped gold in the Under 60kg while Hazel Chirima was crowned champion in the women’s kumite section.

Harare dominated most of the juniors’ category in both kumite and kata.

The karate mother body is targeting next year’s Zone Six championships, scheduled for Durban in May, before going for the All-Africa Games in September. They will then conclude their season on the international scene with the World Junior Championships set for November.

ZKU technical director, Paul Danisa, is expected to make his final consultation with the rest of the selection panel tomorrow.

“What we have basically done, because of lack of money, is to give our athletes enough time to look for money, those going for the World Junior championships, All-Africa Games and the Zone Six.

“We have chosen four individuals in each category, two people will go for the Zone Six and for the All-Africa Games and World Junior championships it will be one person per category.

“We will pick one of the two from the Zone Six for the All-Africa Games and World Junior competition depending on performance,” said Danisa.

Danisa said they were impressed with the quality of competition they witnessed in the kumite events but noted that there is still room for improvement in kata.

“The competition on kumite was very high but from kata it was not as I would have wanted. We had new athletes with potential like in the women’s category where there is Ashley Kale. She showed a lot of potential and also got call-up to the national team. The turnout was good although we missed one or two regular champions but they had excused themselves.

“Apart from that, it was all good. We had people from different provinces, people coming from as far as Triangle,” said Danisa.

The most improved fighter of the year was Prince Mhangwa from Bulawayo, who came third in the men’s Under 75kg, which was won by national team captain Dube. Patson Mutombeni from Triangle was voted the fighter of the day.

The most competitive and entertaining match was between Dube and vice-captain, Winston Nyanhete, in the Under-75kg. However, there were no participants in the girls 16 to 17 age-group.


Men kumite seniors :

Victor Bhunu (over 84kg), Simbarashe Mapwashike (Under-84kg), David Dube (Under-75kg), Kephas Manjemu (Under-67kg), Simbarashe Chihlaba (Under-60kg).


Dean Ramsey (Under-21), Tinashe Ziwira (16-17years), Brendon Ngirazi (Over 54kg), Mason Zinyanduko (Under-52kg), Tanaka Mazhata (12-13years), Munashe Ngazimbi (10-11years), Anashe Magorimbo (7-9years).

Men kata

Seniors: Gerald Muusha.

Juniors: Wonderful Mamunye (Under-21), Tinashe Ziwira (16-17years), Devine Chimwenda (14-15years), Tanaka Mazhata (12-13years), Tafadzwa Ngove (10-11years), Tanyaradzwa Ziwira (7-9years).

Women kumite

Seniors: Hazel Chirima.

Juniors: Eva Karumazondo (14-15years), Lerato Mashingaidze (12-13years), Nakai Mahachi (10-11years), Victoria Musarira (7-9years).

Women kata

Seniors: Ashley Kale.

Juniors: Eva Karumazondo (15 years), Lerato Mashingaidze (12-13years), Nakai Mahachi (10-11years), Victoria Musarira (7-9years).

Source : The Herald