Karatekas Off to Zone Vi Champs

| May 27, 2015

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) will this morning (May 27) send 62 karatekas to the annual Zone VI karate championships in Johannesburg.

The three days tournament is billed to start on May 29 with all Southern Africa teams taking part. The association’s publicity secretary, Jerry Ditlhong, expressed confidence in the team and noted that most of them had previously competed in tournaments of such magnitude and they knew what to expect.

The senior team had a lengthy spell of inactivity after bitter internal feuds that rocked the karate mother body leading to the team missing the last edition of the championships in Zambia. BOKA then sent the junior team which was shaping up for the historic 2nd Africa Youth Games.

Technically, the Zone VI tournament has proved to be one of the best competitions regionally and the right platform to rate the national team continentally. Botswana karatekas are amongst the best in the region having amassed medals in the past shrugging off tough opposition from the likes of Zambia and South Africa amongst others.

Only Vicky Majama and Kaene Kago are not part of the team making the trip to South Africa from the previous assembled team. Majama is reportedly not active in the sport anymore while Kago lost a national team slot after failing to qualify in the national championships. He has since been replaced by Mogakolodi Motlhabi who has also shown glimpses of brilliance lately.

Another new comer Emmanuel Bulayane is expected to form a formidable partnership with Ofentse Bakwadi and Khaya Groth in team kata. The 21 year old Kofukan sensation Tirafalo Tsimamma will make his debut in the male U60kg.

Tsimamma will also join Mpho Bosenakitso and Kabelo Molefhe in team kumite, while 18 year old kata wonder kid Tlotlang Ponatshego will also try to retain the two medals he won in the last edition. Ponatshego is part of the Africa Youth Games team and was crowned with silver in individual kata category then.

Other gold medal prospects are Africa youth champion Thabang Setshego who has also joined the senior ranks. One Ntalagwe who has been impressive in Kumite will try his luck in the U60kg.

Oratile Caiphus, China Metswi and Nshingi Mosalagae are some of the karatekas who pack experience to the tournament. Some notable names from the junior team include Phillipe Revaka, Mohamed Khan and Wathuto Maake amongst others.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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