Malawi’s kickboxers defied the odds to win gold during the Africa Day Kickboxing Championship at Prince Edward School in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Saturday
This was the first time for the country’s kickboxers to fight in an international competition after the game was introduced to the country last year.
Seven Malawian athletes travelled to the day-long event and managed to win 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.
Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association organised the competition to commemorate the continental day.
Malawi Kickboxing Association (Makba) Vice President Resat Onur, who is also World Association of Kickboxing Organisations Education and Students Committee Member, witnessed the event and described Malawi’s success as historical.
“We witnessed a historical event unfolding right before our eyes. This is the first time a Malawi National Kickboxing Team is competing at an international competition. When I was at other international events, I always used to hear people saying: ‘Africans cannot do kickboxing.’
“This made me angry and I told myself that something must be done. When I came back, I initiated the formation of the kickboxing association. I wanted to prove the doubters wrong. We need to prove to them that Africans can excel at kickboxing,” Onur said.
At the end of the contest, Mwalwimba emerged the best fighter in the men’s category while Kudakwashe Chikwature of Zimbabwe was the best in the ladies’.
Mwalwimba and Jailos will also represent Malawi at the Extra Combat Africa Fighting Series alongside Bahati Zulu in Kampala, Uganda, on June 28.
Meanwhile, Makba General Secretary Bright Limani has said they will intensify training to keep their athletes in shape.