TEN taekwondo athletes have been selected to represent the country at the All-Africa Games to be held in Congo, Brazzaville, from September 4 to 19.
Nine men and one woman were selected on Saturday at the national taekwondo championships which were hosted by Bulawayo at the Barberton Gym.
Matabeleland taekwondo chief instructor Ricky Tembo said the competition was a success as all the expected provinces took part in the competitions.
“All provinces came and I can say that the event was a huge success as we had more than 60 individuals taking part,” Tembo said.
Tembo said Matabeleland tried their level best and put much effort as it was a first experience for many of them.
“Most of the Matabeleland team members were experiencing a national competition for the first time and I think they did their best, now they just need more competition. From our provincial team of twenty, three were selected for the national team. Only four ladies took part in the competition and Harare’s Theresa Masocha came first. She will be the only lady representing Zimbabwe,” he said.
Vusumuzi Ncube was selected while injured Brian Nduna and Neville Bhunu were considered for the national team. Tembo said that the national competition was a good thing as they managed to attract sponsorship from individuals.
“We got potential sponsors, there are individuals who came through and they said they will help us out in terms of money and equipment so we are still in discussions,” Tembo said.
Tembo will be assistant to national taekwondo team coach Ndaona Kembo for the team.
Phineus Dzingi, Vusa Ncube, Brian Nduna, Donald, Guvheya, Basil Madanha,Tedius Chingosho, Beton Boba, Admire Tshitshiliza, Neville Bhunu, Theresa Masocha