Banda exit a lesson, says Lipimile

From DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO in Nanjing, China
JUDO coach Moola Lipimile says Nokutula Banda’s participation at the Nanjing Youth Olympics is an eye-opener.
Banda crashed out of the competition in the first round.
Lipimile said here that it is the first time Banda is competing at a high-level tournament.
“To her it’s been an eye-opener because she has never experienced this in her entire life. She thought that it will be an easy task and when she reached here she saw the levels were different because most of the athletes who are in this competition are experienced and have been exposed,” he said.
Lipimile said Banda’s exit is a lesson that she should work hard.
He, however, said the weight category affected her performance because she could not match the strength of experienced judokas in the 63kg category.
“Tactically, she was okay but the strength is what worked against her. It was unfortunate that she was moving from a lighter weight to a heavier weight. I am not disappointed but I can only advise her to be serious with training. It’s a challenge to her to take training seriously. I will give her credit because she tried and it wasn’t just easy,” he said.
And delegation leader Stephen Simpemba said Banda is still being groomed.
Simpemba said Banda is yet to gain experience participating at such high-level competitions.
He said the Nanjing Olympics has helped Banda gain exposure ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Simpemba said the National Olympic Committee of Zambia’s strategic plan focuses on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they have targeted medals in all the disciplines.
“We still have other international assignments coming through. She is still being groomed. What was important was her exposure. We just need enough exposure for her,” he said.

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