Malawi kick boxers have won five silver and two bronze medals at the Africa Continental Championships in Benoni, South Africa over the weekend.
During the three day championship that ended on Sunday, Mike Mando (67kg), Hastings Amos (64kg), Ivy Mkandawire (52kg) and Emmanuel Namate (74kg and (Kicklight categories) won silver medals.
Hajira Sinani (65kg) and Luckia Ali (65kg) grabbed bronze medals.
Malawi Kick Boxing Association (Makba) General Secretary Bright Limani said it was a successful trip.
“We could have done much better if we had travelled by air. We travelled by bus and when we arrived in South Africa, the squad was exhausted. Nevertheless, we thank the government and other stakeholders for supporting us. I think we can now lobby for increased funding following our recent performances,” he said.
In May, Malawi’s kickboxers defied the odds to win gold during the Africa Day Kickboxing Championship at Prince Edward School in Harare, Zimbabwe.
This was the first time for the country’s kickboxers to fight in an international competition after the game was introduced into the country last year.
Seven Malawian athletes travelled to the day-long event and won three gold and four silver medals.
Hastings Jailosi, Mike Mwalwimba and Dyson Binga scooped gold while Eliza Notta, Chikondi Sibo, Eric Sokwane and Davie Makoko won silver. Malawi also lifted the best team trophy.