THE Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association (Zika) president Tony Kamangira is confident the five-member national team that will represent the country at the Turkey World Championships will bring some medals home.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The tournament is set to take place from November 31 to December 9.
The five-member squad includes veteran Brighton Tangata who has seen it all at the grand stage and will be expected to lead by example.
Tangata is yet to lose a match at a local front since 2007 when he won a bronze medal at the All Africa Games in that same year.
Others who are expected to represent the nation at the prestigious event are Tafadzwa Muropa, Nicholas Kurima, Terrence Munemo and Issac Marara.
Four of the members were in Johannesburg, South Africa recently where they all won medals at the Great North 11 tournament in preparation for the championships.
Tangata took part in the lightweight category where he won a bronze medal, with Munemo winning silver in the middleweight division.
Kurima won bronze in the light welterweight, with Muropa settling for silver in the bantam-weight category.
Zika president Kamangira, who spoke to Standardsport on Friday from Parirenyatwa Hospital, where he is admitted, said the country’s chances of conquering this world showcase were high.
“Currently [Friday] l’m at Parirenyatwa Hospital where I was admitted on Monday because of ulcers. But what I know is that the team is preparing very well and they have been participating in local and regional tournaments,” he said. “We are going to send a five-member team, they will leave the country on the 29th of this month. We also appeal to the corporate world to assist us in our quest to raise the country’s flag high,” he added.