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Kickboxing sets up ‘factory’

SUSTAINING SUCCESS—Some of the centre’s fighters and officials pose for a photograph at the centre

Malawi Kickboxing Association (Makba) has set up a development centre with the aim of producing players in the game.

Makba General Secretary Bright Limani said the centre opened last week in the old capital Zomba.

“We are calling this centre a kickboxing factory. This is the beginning of a process aimed at grooming talent. Our ultimate goal is to produce kickboxers who can be winning medals for Malawi at big international competitions,” Limani said.

He said the centre has started its operations with 18 fighters who train at a place called Pa Skinala under prominent coaches Mabvuto Before, Thandizo Kamneni and Arthur Limani.

“The setting up of this training institution has excited many young Malawians and we continue to get enquiries from them. We therefore expect a rise in the number of players joining us at the centre. Our aim is to groom talent that can sustain our game.

“We want to develop a conveyer belt in our game so that we do not have gaps as players retire. This is a succession planning strategy that we expect to start bearing fruits in the near future. We are also working hard to bring more women fighters on board since we only have two at the centre now,” Limani said.

He said Makba is making every effort to build on recent successes at international competitions in South Africa and Zimbabwe where Malawi’s fighters collected a combined 14 medals.

The country’s kickboxers lifted their first seven medals at the Zimbabwe Independence Day celebration games in May before repeating the feat in South Africa late last month.

According to Wikipedia.org, kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports and a form of boxing based on kicking and punching.

It takes place in a boxing ring, normally with boxing gloves, mouthguards, shorts, and bare feet to favour the use of kicks.

The game is practiced for self-defence, general fitness or for competition.

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