Malawi Kickboxing Association (Makba) has picked three athletes to represent the country at the Extra Combat Africa Fighting Series from June 28 in Kampala, Uganda.
The fighters are Mike Mwalwimba, Hastings Jailosi and Bahati Zulu with Nelson Kutchona accompanying them as coach.
Makba General Secretary Bright Limani said the three were picked after impressing in the 2021 and 2022 interclub and national championships.
Limani said Mwalwimba excelled in the under-69 Kilogrammes (Kgs) category whereas Jailos triumphed in the under-79 Kgs section.
“Bahati was also outstanding and we want to give her a chance.
Mwalwimba and Jailosi are currently in Harare, Zimbabwe, where they will represent Malawi at the Africa Day Kickboxing Championship which takes place today.
“We are using the Zimbabwe competition as a preparatory event. Our goal is to take part in as many international competitions as possible before the end of the year. This is one way of promoting our game,” he said.
Coach Mabvuto Before, who has accompanied Mwalwimba and Jailosi alongside five other fighters, described Malawi’s current crop of kickboxers as hardworking and dedicated.
“These athletes are putting everything into the game and this is encouraging for a sporting discipline that is new in Malawi. This is what we need for the game to develop. I see great potential in most of our athletes,” Before said.
According to Wikipedia. org, kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports and a form of boxing based on kicking and punching.
The combat takes place in a boxing ring, normally with boxing gloves, mouthguards, shorts and bare feet to favour the use of kicks.
World Association of Kickboxing Organisations is the game’s global governing body.